Wayne Rooney believes that fellow England striker Danny Welbeck is Manchester United’s player of the season.
Both the Three Lions Internationals have been a constant presence in United’s attack this season and while Wayne Rooney is often the one who dominates headlines, Welbeck has been making a name for himself behind his more illustrious teammate.
The Academy graduate spent last the campaign on loan at Sunderland, where he impressed under Steve Bruce. His performances convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to hand him a starting role at Old Trafford and he hasn’t looked back since then.
After overtaking Mexican goal poacher Javier Hernandez in pecking order, it was last year’s top scorer Dimitar Berbatov, who suffered because of Welbeck’s form.
With good skills on the ball as well as a formidable partnership with Rooney, the youngster has been the hub of success for the Red Devils and has scored crucial goals at the right time.
With his predatory instincts, he has struck in 10 strikes this term and has well and truly established himself on the highest stage. Accolades are bound to be on his way and according to Wayne Rooney, the former Preston North End man should be this year’s
player of the season for the Reds.
"There are a few candidates [for Player of the Season]... but I'd have to say Welbeck. To play so many games for United in his first full season has been brilliant. There has been a lot of pressure on him but he's done really well and scored some important
goals for us,” Rooney said.
"He got an opportunity from the start of the season and he came in and played very well and scored a few goals. He's an exciting player and credit to him for the way he's performed - he's played in a lot of matches this season."
The former Everton starlet also commented on his goal scoring feats and revealed that matching Sir Bobby Charlton’s record will be a dream come true for him.
"It would be an unbelievable feeling if I could get his record. I'm still a long way away, but hopefully, one day, I will be able to do it.”
Both the England forwards will now relish the chance to take on QPR at home on Sunday, with a view to increase their respective goal tallies surely.