The Sun report today that young Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck was forced to play for the United reserves rather than participate with the first team for their midweek match against Fulham as a lesson for being “too cocky” in celebrating his goal against Derby in the FA Cup.
According to David Facey’s article, Welbeck’s Cantona-esque goal celebration, namely with the teenager seen puffing his chest out as he lapped up the applause from the United fans, was deserving of punishment from SAF. (Watch here.)
Facey: “A United source revealed, ‘Alex was very angry about the way Welbeck celebrated his goal at Derby. He felt there was a touch of arrogance about it. Danny is just a kid and Alex does not like the thought of him getting too big for his boots. That is a lesson plenty of players have learned over the years at Old Trafford.'”
The truth behind this story is questionable. The fact that Berbatov, Tevez and Rooney were all available to take on the Cottagers seems a more understandable reason as to why Welbeck found himself in the reserves this week. But who are we to let common sense get in the way of a juicy rumour.
The end of the story however goes to the credit of Welbeck. As Facey continued to report, “at least he did not sulk at being forced to play for the reserves. He scored twice against the Latics’ second team as United came from 4-1 down to win 5-4.”
And that part is definitely true.
Highlights of Manchester United’s goals from their reserve match against Wigan can be seen here.