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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pays special tribute to Danny Welbeck after Man Utd beat Brighton

Danny Welbeck scored Brighton’s opener in their defeat to Manchester United (Reuters)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid a special tribute to Danny Welbeck following Manchester United’s win over Brighton on Sunday.

Welbeck scored the opening goal at Old Trafford as United delivered a woeful performance in the first 45 minutes.

United raised their game in the second half and Marcus Rashford pulled the hosts level before Mason Greenwood’s header from close range with seven minutes remaining secured the three points for Solskjaer’s side.

Welbeck began his career at United’s academy at the age of eight and was coached by Solskjaer in the reserves before making his first-team debut.

United opted to sell Welbeck to Arsenal in 2014 but the forward has since struggled with several injuries after leaving Old Trafford.

But Solskjaer made a point of praising Welbeck following his return to Old Trafford and believes the 30-year-old could have had a ‘fantastic’ career at United.

‘They defended very well. Five at the back is always hard to break down but we managed it in the end,’ Solskjaer told BT Sport after the game.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United and Danny Welbeck of Brighton & Hove Albion interact following the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on April 04, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty)

‘It’s great to see Danny Welbeck back playing at his best.

‘He could have had a fantastic career here at Manchester United. I’m happy it’s worked out for him.’

Speaking to the BBC, Solskjaer added: ‘Danny was in the reserves when I was the coach. He is a big talent.

‘It’s great to see him back playing football with all the injuries he has had.’

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