Manchester United ace Welbeck wants to show what he can do against Norwich City
Striker Danny Welbeck is hoping to be let loose on Norwich City tomorrow – after scoring twice for Manchester United in the Champions League.
Welbeck is determined to repay Sir Alex Ferguson's faith in him and become the latest local lad to make good in a Manchester United shirt.
The 20-year-old was picked by Ferguson to lead the line against Basle – ahead of the club's record signing Dimitar Berbatov – and responded with two goals in an 80-second spell.
Welbeck's display was one of the few positives for Ferguson in the 3-3 draw which highlighted some defensive frailty for United, and the England striker is desperate for more opportunities to prove his worth.
Welbeck said: 'I hope I have done enough to play against Norwich. We have some great strikers at the club and whoever is in there will give it 100 per cent. I just hope I get my chances.
'The manager shows time and time again he will give local players a chance and it is then up to the individual to take it. I hope I can.
'I don't know whether it is harder for local boys up front to make it. I can only look at myself and take my opportunities when they come. To score those two goals was a bitter sweet moment for me. To get two Champions league goals, I am buzzing about that, but we didn't get the win we should have done.'
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Welbeck had a successful season on loan at Sunderland last year but believes he is still developing.
'I think I'm a better person than a year ago because I went to Sunderland and got more minutes in the Premier League,' he added. 'It was really good for my career and I'm just really pleased at the moment. Naturally I've been growing, I'm still only 20 years old, I'm 21 in a couple of months so I'm just naturally developing into a man.'
• Steve Morison, who scored his first goal for City in the 2-1 win over Sunderland on Monday night, was given a further boost yesterday when he and midfielder Andrew Crofts were named in the Wales squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria.