Ferguson believes the 29-year-old can pass on some knowledge of his craft to Welbeck, just as Eric Cantona nurtured 'Fergie's Fledglings' 20 years ago.
"You can always learn from great players," the Reds boss said. "Remember what Cantona did for all the young players when he arrived? He was a tremendous teacher for them.
"Danny will learn from playing with Robin, [Wayne] Rooney and Chicharito. I think we have a great combination of strikers now and that's encouraged me."