Date: 29th September 2011 at 10:25am
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It has often been said that Sir Alex Ferguson longs for a local striker to make it through the ranks.

In his tenure he has cultivated midfielders and defenders but a quality striker seems to have alluded him, at least until now.

Danny Welbeck has been shining this season for United, and although a hamstring injury knocked him out of his stride he is back to business as seen against FC Basel on Tuesday where he grabbed a brace.

The 20 year went on loan to Sunderland last season and is showing the natural progression, flourishing in United’s first team this season and he thanks Sir Alex for simply giving him a chance to do so,

“The manager shows time and time again he will give local players a chance and it is then up to the individual to take it. I hope I can.

“I don’t know whether it is harder for local boys up front to make it. I can only look at myself and take my opportunities when they come.”

Welbeck’s brace on Tuesday looked like they would give United a comfortable win over our Swiss opponents but Basel fought back and it took a late Ashley Young goal to rescue a point on a¬†bizarre¬†night at Old Trafford, so whilst he values the goals, the whole scenario is bittersweet in light of the game’s result,

“To score those two goals was a bittersweet moment for me. To get two Champions league goals, I am buzzing about that, but we didn’t get the win we should have done.

“I hope I have done enough to play against Norwich. We have some great strikers at the club and whoever is in there will give it 100%. I just hope I get my chances.”