Liverpool's new striker only had 45 minutes on the pitch at Old Trafford, but got his side's goal whilst Welbeck was tireless playing off Robin van Persie for Manchester United. Which young England striker had a better day?
The fact that many believe that the result at Old Trafford could have been different if Daniel Sturridge had started, rather than come off the bench at half time, is testament to the impact Liverpool's latest signing had on the match.
However Danny Welbeck did start the game, and whilst his work was overshadowed by the excellence of Robin van Persie, his contribution to the match shouldn't be underrated.
Welbeck was a surprise inclusion to United's side, with Javier Hernandez expected to play alongside van Persie if Ferguson opted for two strikers, but he justified his selection with a performance full of hard work and intelligent build up play. Welbeck created two chances for his side, and whilst not being incredibly threatening in front of goal himself, his pressure on the Liverpool back four was vital to his team's dominance in the first half of the match.
Sturridge provided a different input for his side, with the extra threat he created for Liverpool changing the face of the match in the second half. Despite only playing 45 minutes only Robin van Persie took more shots than Sturridge, and he got the goal that gave Liverpool a way into the match. Not only was he a threat himself, Sturridge created three chances for his side whilst on the pitch, a figure only matched by Luis Suarez.
Had he taken one of his other chances to snatch a point for Liverpool then Sturridge would have been the star of the show, but he still demonstrated a slight wastefulness in front of goal that he will hopefully address with more playing time at Anfield.
Both players can be happy with their performance as each did exactly what their side needed them to do. Sturridge was vital to Liverpool's attacking improvement in the second half, whilst Welbeck was tireless in doing the legwork that allowed Robin van Persie to shine in front of him.
Sturridge probably edged it in terms of an individual match-up between the players, but Welbeck played well as his side collected three points, and can be just as happy with his contribution.
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