Date: 3rd April 2012 at 3:40pm
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has backed his striking partner, for Player of the Season award at .

The 21-year-old who has scored ten goals this season after an impressive loan spell at Sunderland and has received plaudits from his manager, team mates and fans alike for his outstanding displays in the campaign which has aided the Champions to open up a five point lead over their local rivals .

Rooney told Inside :

“There are a few candidates, but I’d have to say Welbeck. To play so many games for United in his first full season has been brilliant. There has been a lot of pressure on him but he’s done really well and scored some important goals for us.

“He got an opportunity from the start of the season and he came in and played very well and scored a few goals. He’s an exciting player and credit to him for how he has performed. He’s played in a lot of matches this season.”

About their partnership during games, Rooney said:

“Yeah, it’s been good. He brings a lot of energy to the team. He works very hard and always has defenders on the back foot which is great for me as it gives me space to get on the ball. He’s always a threat in the box as well; he’s quick and a difficult player to play against.

“I always try to help the lads and I speak to Danny in particular a lot. He’s still young and sometimes the younger players need that guidance in games or in training to get the best out of them.

“Danny’s been brilliant for us and spent a lot of time working on his finishing which has paid off. I think he’ll become a great player, not just for United but for as well.”