Danny Welbeck opens up on playing against Manchester United before FA Cup semi-final

Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck says it is no longer ‘weird’ facing off against his old club as Brighton prepare for the FA Cup semi-final clash between the two sides.

Manchester United and Brighton meet at Wembley later today with a place in the FA Cup final up for grabs.

Welbeck, who came through United’s academy, is likely to line-up in an impressive Brighton side – but he has experienced playing against United on many occasions following his exit for Arsenal in 2014.

“I’ve played games against United multiple times now, and it’s now not as weird as it once was,” said Welbeck, as per the Manchester Evening News. “It was worse when I went to Old Trafford. You go there into the away dressing room and you’re warming up on a different side of the pitch, and walking out on the other side.

“It’s just little weird things like that, because you’re so used to going to a certain place. And early on I was playing against players I’ve been with previously.”

It’s mad to think Welbeck is now 32-years-old when I can remember watching him play for the academy.

Welbeck made 142 appearances for United during his time at the club, registering 29 goals and 21 assists.

The attacker has managed to score four goals against United since leaving, so Roberto De Zebri would be missing a trick if he was to leave Welbeck out.

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