Danny Welbeck may have left Manchester United for Arsenal, but he is still inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson’s words from two years ago.
Back on the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League season, the legendary Scottish manager told his players to remember the moment they lost the league and take heart from it.
United thought that they had won the league when the final whistle blew at the Stadium of Light. The Red Devils had beaten Sunderland 1-0, while their city-rivals and title-challengers Manchester City were losing to Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium.
However, injury-time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero saw the Citizens overturn the deficit and win the clash 3-2 to claim the Premier League crown.
It was a truly heartbreaking moment for the United players and fans, but they bounced back the very next season and regained the title to give Ferguson a fitting farewell from football management.
Welbeck was a first-team player for United in both the seasons and has now revealed that he is still inspired by those shocking moments in May 2012.
‘I remember when we lost the league on the last day of the season and Sir Alex told us to never forget that moment’, The Mirror quotes the 23-year-old new Arsenal signing as saying.
‘The next season we won the league, but it’s something that is always in you. You know what that feeling is like and you don’t want to feel it again’.
Welbeck was speaking ahead of England’s opening Euro 2016 Group E clash against Switzerland in Basel on Monday.
The Three Lions are struggling for form and inspiration at the moment, having endured a disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign under Roy Hodgson.
The 1-0 victory over Norway at London’s Wembley Stadium on Wednesday was hardly a reason to celebrate. England’s performance was disappointing against their opponents, and they won only because of a second-half penalty from Wayne Rooney.
However, England have a bunch of young, hungry and talented players, and the future looks promising for the 1966 World Cup winners.