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The 22-year-old forward has struggled to get games at Old Trafford but says learning from the likes of Robin van Persie, Chicharito and Wayne Rooney is making him a better player

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck admits the 2012-13 campaign has been "stop-start" for him, but believes it is worth it for the experience of playing for "the best club in the world."

The 22-year-old has seen less time up front than he did last season, completing 90 minutes only twice as he competes for places with the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Chicharito.

However, the young striker says he is grateful for the chance to train and play alongside other talented forwards - and feels that United being top of the league is the overriding factor.

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"It's been a bit stop-start," he told The Mirror. "I've not been playing in my favoured ­position up front - I've been on the wing in most games - so it's been different to last season, when I played mostly as a striker.

"But we're in a great ­league position, which is the most ­important thing."

Welbeck has featured in 14 Premier League games so far this season but only has one goal to his name, meaning he has effectively become fourth-choice striker at Old Trafford as the other three have been in fine goalscoring form.

But he has no problem coping with the positive rivalry among Sir Alex Ferguson's forwards, and feels being around the calibre of player at United will only help to improve his own game.

"This is the best club in the world and I pick up great experience training with the other strikers," he stated.

The Red Devils currently lead champions Manchester City by seven points, having picked up 49 from 20 games, with Saturday's 2-0 victory over West Brom being their seventh win in a row at home.

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