Monday, 26th May, 2014

Danny Welbeck wants to stake his claim to play as a central striker under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United next season.

Welbeck has been shifted out wide regularly at Old Trafford and only given the opportunity to operate in a central role sporadically.

Van Gaal takes charge at Manchester United after the World Cup on a three-year contract and the Dutchman will have a tough choice to make up front, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez all battling Welbeck for a central role.

"I'd like to play central", the striker told the BBC.


"I've been playing on the left for a while and it's got to the time where I want to stake a place up front.

"My goals per game ratio is better for England. I'm much more free up front as there are three in midfield and three up front. Maybe I'm kind of let off the leash a bit more for England than United.

"I heard the news [about Van Gaal’s appointment] and I am happy. Looking at his CV tells you he has managed at some big clubs.

"I want to make sure I show my quality."

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