Van Persie joined Manchester United over the summer and has already scored 13 goals, a number of them proving vital for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
After playing a prominent part in United’s season last term Welbeck has seen his playing time cut due to Van Persie’s arrival, but the England international isn’t concerned instead is content to bide his time and learn from his team mate:
“It’s a great motivation to see somebody with so much class come into the side and score goals. But it’s not just his goals that have been pleasing – it’s the way he’s played all round and the assists he’s got.
“Robin’s a world-class striker and that’s of great benefit to me, as I can watch him week in and week out. He’s someone I can look up to.
“He’s a different type of striker to what we’ve previously had at the club. You can look at his qualities and the things you can take into your own game. I’ll keep watching him so I can take a leaf out of his book in some areas.”