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Manchester United’s Danny boy comes of age with special performance

By Simon Stone

Striker Danny Welbeck was delighted to inspire Manchester United to a comfortable 3-0 win over Tottenham to open their home campaign at Old Trafford.

“Every single point is vital. We need as many points and keep the ball rolling," said Welbeck.

“The tempo started fast, but some wise words from the gaffer at half-time helped.

“I think it showed how well the manager has got the squad combined. Once you are in the starting XI you have to work hard to keep your place.”

Summer signing Phil Jones made his starting debut alongside Jonny Evans in the heart of defence, in place of injured duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and impressed to keep a clean sheet.

“It was incredible. The fans are fans unbelievable, I knew it would be like this,” Jones said.

“It helped that I knew I would play last week.

“It's disappointing that those two are injured, but I knew I had chance to step up to plate and show what I'm about.”

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp insists he is the right man to get Luka Modric focusing on his football again if, as he expects, the midfielder remains at Tottenham after the transfer window has closed.

Modric missed last night’s defeat after informing Redknapp he was not in the right frame of mind to play at Old Trafford.

It has been claimed the Croatian star has effectively gone on strike in order to force through a move to Chelsea.

Redknapp would prefer to believe Modric has just got "confused" faced with the opportunity to treble his wages.

However, with chairman Daniel Levy refusing to yield from his initial stance that Modric would not be sold, Redknapp believes he can pick the player up once the August 31 deadline has passed.

“If anyone can pick him up, I can,” said Redknapp. “I have a great relationship with him.

“People have to understand it is not an easy situation.

“If someone offered to treble anyone's wages, they would find it difficult, wherever they worked. That is the situation the boy is in.

“If someone offers £150,000 a week rather than £50,000, you are going to have your head turned. Some players can handle it. I know players who have caused havoc in the dressing room in order to get a move. I have seen it so many times. But he wouldn't cause anyone a problem.

Although Redknapp's own preference is for Modric to stay, he has spoken of the squad strengthening he could do if the player was sold.

However, as he admits, the matter is not in his hands, with Levy controlling the situation.

"Arsenal have had this all summer with Fabregas and Nasri. They are going to go," said Redknapp.

"It is very hard to keep people when they want to go but the chairman will make the decision and he has made up his mind he will not sell.”

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