With Wayne Rooney re-introducing himself back into the first team following his injury. The question emerging is which of their other strikers has done the most to compete for a spot with himself and the freescoring Van Persie.
Javier Hernandez also started against Cluj as part of a three-pronged attack, while the pair started up front in the League Cup against Newcastle last week, Welbeck laying on the assist for Tom Cleverley's winner.
Welbeck has made four starts this season in contrast to Hernandez' three starts. Hernandez has scored just one, against Wigan, but also missed a penalty, while Welbeck is yet to find the back of the net.
The choice is between two youngsters who have represent their respective countries and have very different styles of play. Danny Welbeck is a player who has gone from United fringe player to developing into a starting forward for United.
His strong presence up front and eye for a goal is of particular interest to Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been keen to link him up with Wayne Rooney. However, is he the man to lead the line for United on a more permanent basis?
My answer is no, not at present. Danny Welbeck is good, but is he Manchester United good? Can we see him becoming a number one striker with the potential that a Rooney or RVP shows? I am not totally convinced.
On the other hand Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is a proven goalscorer for both club and country. He took the Premier League by storm in his first season and has developed into a fans favourite at the Theatre of Dreams.
He suffered with injury last season, but by and large had to play second fiddle to Danny Welbeck. Now with Van Persie signed, the competition between the two is even more intense, in that they are scrapping for limited playing time, rather than a regular starting spots.
Verdict – Javier Hernandez
What's your verdict, who deserves to be third in line? Or are they on an equal footing?
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