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Welbeck claims chance of first team football with Man Utd

Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck has been told by Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson he will be given the opportunity to stake a first team place at Old Trafford. Like many youngsters with United, Welbeck has been forced to wait for his big break, spending the majority of his career out on loan.

But the 20-year-old will return after England's European Under-21 Championship campaign with an assurance he will be able to show how much he has improved.

"The manager said I'll get decent opportunities and hopefully I'll take them and progress from there," said Welbeck, who admitted he would be forced to consider moving on if he failed to make it into Ferguson's first-team plans.

"It gets to the stage where you have to decide on your future but I'm still only 20 and looking forward to my opportunity."

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