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Welbeck could make derby bow


United's 18-year-old striker Danny Welbeck could be handed a shock first team debut in Sunday's derby against Manchester City.

The highly-rated teenager has been tipped for a bright future by Sir Alex Ferguson in recent weeks, and the United manager revealed on Friday that Welbeck's first team promotion could be fast-tracked.

"I'm bringing the boy Welbeck in," he told his pre-match press conference. "He'll be involved on Sunday, possibly from the start. We think he's got the temperament."

Welbeck's inclusion in the squad has been prompted by the suspension of Wayne Rooney and, after a hectic midweek programme of internationals, Sir Alex is waiting on the fitness of a number of players who picked up knocks with their countries before naming his side.

"On the injury front, it's a bit difficult to say at this moment in time," he said. "I have to be clear about everyone's fitness before I start thinking about the team. Seven players played 90 minutes for their respective countries, so it's difficult to assess where I am.

"We're going to have to wait until tomorrow to get a real idea of how they are. Some have come back with knocks, some have travelled far distances like Ji-sung Park to Korea and back, so hopefully by Sunday we'll have a team we want."

Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are suspended for Sunday's match after picking up five bookings each, while Brazilian playmaker Elano and Croatian defender Vedran Corluka are also banned for City.
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I had a feeling we might see him on Sunday - it'd be a great occasion for him to make his debut and with Rooney out he'd add something extra upfront and a bit of unpredictability to the game.
 

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I watch al of the youth games on mutv and he scores all the time he is something else hopfully he sticks one in the back of the net and sicken the city bastards :D
united united united.....:D
 

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all the best to him and the rest of the lads for the match. This is going to be a really big game for welbeck. Hope he does well.
 

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yeah...i for one would rather see him as a sub rather than starting such an important match. Take nothing away from the lad, he's good, but i dont think he's prepared for such a match
 

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he is certain to be sub , but you never know with fergie , he threw giggs in for his debut and he he scored the only goal .
nice if history repeated its self and very fitting, after all we are paying tribute this weekend to the finest bunch of young players the world had ever seen
 
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I've never seen him play to be honest but I think it's never a good idea to give somebody a debut on a derby day (excuse the alliteration). Regardless of how good he is the pressure might get to him. Evra made his debut in the Manchester derby and played crap.
 

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I've never seen him play to be honest but I think it's never a good idea to give somebody a debut on a derby day (excuse the alliteration). Regardless of how good he is the pressure might get to him. Evra made his debut in the Manchester derby and played crap.
true mate...thats why its best that he starts as a sub
 
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