Manchester United manager relegates ‘cocky midfielder’ to the reserves

Sir Alex Ferguson must have been delighted by his team’s comfortable 4-1 win over Derby County last Sunday, although there was apparently one element of the stroll in the park that he didn’t like one bit!

The bastion of all that’s good about journalism (we mean The Sun) reports that Danny Welbeck has been unceremoniously dumped into the reserves by Sir Alex Ferguson for his arrogant goal celebration against the Rams. Never mind the fact that the midfielder had scored for Manchester United and was entitled to celebrate, nor that he is still essentially a reserve team player, the paper claims that Fergie wasn’t impressed by the youngster’s antics.

The Manchester United boss was incensed by the striker’s Eric Cantona-style goal celebration in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Derby.

And instead of picking him for Wednesday’s clash with Fulham, Fergie decided to knock the 18-year-old down a peg or two by dropping him to the stiffs for their trip to Wigan.

A United source revealed: “Alex was very angry about the way Welbeck celebrated his goal at Derby. He felt there was a touch of arrogance about it.

“Danny is just a kid and Alex does not like the thought of him getting too big for his boots.

“That is a lesson plenty of players have learned over the years at Old Trafford.”

Good work lads, never mind the fact that Mr Welbeck has featured only eight times for the Manchester United senior team this season, with only one of these coming in the Premier League. Since when did Sir Alex Ferguson insist on any of his goalscoring players merely exchanging congratulatory handshakes with fellow players before trotting back for the restart?

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