Welbeck eyeing better goal return

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has admitted he will have to improve his goals return next season.

Last Updated: 22/05/13 at 16:46 Post Comment

Danny Welbeck: Wants more goals next season

Danny Welbeck: Wants more goals next season

Danny Welbeck has admitted he will have to improve his goals return next season.

The Manchester United striker only found the net on two occasions last term compared to 12 the year before.

Remarkably, Welbeck has scored three times for England, where he does tend to benefit from being played in his preferred role down the middle rather than out on the flanks, which has tended to happen at United.

Nevertheless, with a new manager to impress now, Welbeck accepts he needs to do better.

"This season has been the most number of matches I have played and my performances have been a lot more consistent but the goals return has not been good at all," Welbeck told MUTV.

"I do feel if I can get a better goals return I will be flying."

The issue of being played out of position has not helped though.

Ferguson did feel confident enough in Welbeck's abilities to select him ahead of Wayne Rooney to do the tracking-back job on Xabi Alonso during the crucial Champions League second-leg clash with Real Madrid.

The tactic was working like a dream until Nani was dismissed, costing Ferguson his last shot at a third Champions League title.

More often though, Welbeck was shunted out on the wing.

Now he can only hope Moyes looks at the situation in a slightly different way.

"I want to be up front and scoring goals," he said.

"If I am playing on the wings I still want to score more goals but preferably I will be up front and scoring goals there."

Welbeck's best position is a medium-term decision for Moyes to make.

The new United manager is set to go on a short holiday next week, by which time it is assumed he will have confirmed his backroom team, with no major changes envisaged.

Moyes is already aware Rio Ferdinand will sign his new contract when he returns from his current trip to Marbella with brother Anton and former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris for a friend's stag celebrations.

The future of Rooney is nothing like as clear cut, especially as it has now been established the striker did not make a transfer request as Sir Alex Ferguson has stated.

A conversation between Rooney and Ferguson was supposedly more concerned with how the United boss intended to use the £27million player given his frequent appearances in midfield this season and aimed at getting some reassurance about his long-term future.

What is not known is why Ferguson opted to put such a spin on the conversation when he put it into the public domain immediately after the final home game of the season against Swansea.

Ferguson has since claimed the matter is not his concern, but Moyes is still to make his first public utterances as United boss and even Rooney is unaware whether he is viewed as an integral part of the club where he has now won five league titles.

Interestingly, though his value as a player is open to question, he is still one of United's highest-profile players with apparently, more requests from sponsors for appearances on tour being made about the 27-year-old than any other member of the Red Devils squad, including Robin van Persie.


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