Not just a wingman: Danny Welbeck believes central role would reap rewards for Manchester United

By Chris Bailey

He has appeared for Manchester United more than ever before this season, but Danny Welbeck insists playing more centrally will be just the trick for boosting his goal tally.

The 22-year-old has netted just twice this campaign, including a header at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid.

While believing his game has progressed this season – totting up 40 games for United – Welbeck admits the missing piece of the jigsaw lies in front of goal.

“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.

“I want to be up front and scoring goals. 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 will go down as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever youth products after the Scot brought his 26-year reign to a close against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

A season of hard graft saw the Red Devils snatch back the title from Manchester City, which the England international credits to a team effort rather than individuals.

“It was a real pleasure to play for the manager,” added Welbeck. “It’s always difficult to talk about him as he was my manager.

“Now I can express myself and have to say he’s a great person who always cares about his players and he’s always driving them forward.

“He believes in them and that’s why the players always like to play for him.

“I think we’ve had 20 players who have scored goals this season which is amazing.

“It shows how good the spirit is within the team and how hard we pushed to win this title. Obviously, with all the good work on the training ground, we’ve managed that.”

Picture courtesy of Stanislav Vedmid, via Wiki Commons, with thanks.

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