Manchester United boss David Moyes hoping to turn Danny Welbeck into prolific marksman
David Moyes hopes to turn Danny Welbeck into a 15-20 goal a season striker after his promising start to the season.
After netting for England against Scotland last week at Wembley, the 22-year-old followed it up with two goals for United at Swansea on Saturday - the first time he has scored twice in a league game for the Reds.
Last season, despite 27 appearances, Welbeck managed only one league goal although he did impress with unselfish performances playing in several positions.
But Moyes said he and his backroom team have not asked Welbeck to be more selfish: “It was more the fact we just hoped that he would get in more goalscoring positions – we’d kept saying to him get in there.
“Actually he missed a few on the pre-season tour, he had a few chances to score in some of the games. But the goal the other night for England against Scotland will have helped him.
“The first one he got at Swansea I liked because it was a tap-in. The second one was the sort of finish of someone with confidence who’d scored 20 goals in the Premier League would score with the way he finished it, with the flick over the boy’s head and I told him that.
“I think we’re going to try and encourage him to be a 15-20 goal striker and do everything we can to do so.
Moyes, speaking to the Manchester Evening News, added: “I think sometimes you need a run and a bit of confidence and getting the goals, sometimes you need to get into the right areas and maybe in the past he’s not wanted to get right in to get his goals.
“That’s why I think the pleasing bit about his first one was he was in for a ball that was played right across the six-yard box and he got himself a tap-in.”
Fellow United and England team-mate Michael Carrick was delighted to see Welbeck get off to a flying start.
The midfielder said: “It was nice for Danny to get his goals. He scored for England in midweek as well and hopefully that continues as he is a big player.
“The second goal just shows his belief and confidence. It’s only going to help him, playing like that. He’s a real threat and hopefully the front boys keep going.”