Welbeck welcomes RVP

United forward feels competition is healthy

Danny Welbeck: Up for the challenge of fighting for his place at Old Trafford

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Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck believes the competition for places at Old Trafford can only be a good thing for the club.

The arrival of Robin van Persie threatens Welbeck's position in the starting line-up as many are already excited by the prospect of the Dutchman lining up alongside Wayne Rooney.

Welbeck forced his way above Javier Hernandez in the pecking order last season and could easily be dismayed by Van Persie's signing but instead he is upbeat about the challenge ahead.

"It is a really healthy competition," said the 21-year-old England international.

"We have a wide variety of strikers to choose from and that creates a good selection problem for the manager. It will have a good effect on the team."

Fitness

Although Welbeck has been involved in both of United's games so far this season, he believes he is still edging back towards full fitness and his next target is to complete a full game.

"It takes a while to get your fitness up," he added.

"I have had a couple of games. I am looking forward to pushing on now and getting 90 minutes under my belt."

With Rooney facing a lay-off through injury, Welbeck can expect to have that opportunity for club and country in the coming weeks.