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Danny Welbeck has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a tongue-lashing for showing up late during his Manchester United days – and ensured that the striker would never be late again.
Welbeck – who is now on the books at Brighton – came through the academy ranks at United and clocked over a century of appearances at Old Trafford before he left the club back in the summer of 2014. The ex-England striker has gone on to represent the likes of Arsenal and Watford, as well as the Seagulls, during his days in the Premier League.
Ferguson, United's legendary manager, was renowned for his famous 'hairdryer treatment' during his historic stint in the United hot seat – and Welbeck has revealed that he was on the receiving end of one of the Scot's rants after getting caught up in traffic.
The Brighton star told My Albion TV: "I have been late and I haven't been late since. That was at [Manchester] United. The manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] made sure I was never late again. It was traffic-related but it's not an excuse. You have got to be there on time, you've got to give yourself enough time to be there. You can't let down the rest of the squad."
Although both Ferguson and Welbeck are long gone from United, the Seagulls man revealed back in 2020 that he still reached out to his old gaffer for advice from time to time.
Welbeck said back in December 2020: "I still keep in touch with Sir Alex Ferguson and there are not many better people to go to for advice and talk to. It's been a few years since I last played under him. As time has gone on, we still keep in touch and that's a nice thing."
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It was also in the summer of 2020 that Welbeck found his new home on the south coast. The striker has gone on to rack up over 50 appearances for Brighton, notching 12 goals.
Welbeck has played a crucial role in a record-breaking year for Graham Potter's side, who clinched their best-ever Premier League ranking with a ninth-placed finish this term.
And although Welbeck has just weeks left to run on his current Seagulls deal, Potter confirmed on the final day of the season that the striker was "close" to penning a new deal with the club.
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