The former United midfielder thinks the Arsenal striker's game is 'about much more than just scoring goals.'
Is the difference bad? Not necessarily.
Indeed, Scholes thinks the Arsenal striker, who left United on Deadline Day in a £16 million move, works very hard at his overall game, unlike Cole and Van Nistelrooy who concentrated solely on goalscoring.
"For Danny, being a striker has always been about much more than just scoring goals. He works very hard at linking the play. His mentality is not that a striker’s job begins and ends with scoring goals," Scholes wrote in his column for the London Evening Standard.
"In that way he is different from Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy, two more of the great strikers I played with at Manchester United. Those two were obsessed with scoring goals and judged themselves, perhaps harshly, on how many they scored.
"I don’t think Danny is like that. He believes the role is bigger than that. He will put a shift in. He wins the ball back.
"He is the kind of player you have to play alongside to appreciate what he brings. And his pace is something else. In fact, he is probably quicker than Coley or Ruud were in their heyday."
Man United face Everton at Old Trafford in the early kick-off on Sunday, while Welbeck's Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea just two hours later.