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Moyes: Danny Welbeck can become 20-goal-per-season striker

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David Moyes has backed Danny Welbeck to develop into a 20-goal-per-season striker after the Manchester United star scored a brace in Saturday's commanding 4-1 victory over Swansea City.

The 22-year-old capped an impressive performance in the reigning Premier League champions' season opener at the Liberty Stadium, following up his strike for England in their 3-2 friendly victory over Scotland at Wembley last week.

Welbeck netted just two goals in all competitions for Manchester United last season, but Moyes is adamant that Welbeck has the ability to get on the scoresheet on a much more regular basis and establish himself as a leading frontman at Old Trafford.

Since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, Moyes has been pleased with Welbeck's form, despite the fact he failed to score in any of Manchester United's pre-season games on their tour of Australia and Asia, choosing instead to praise his contribution against Swansea at the weekend.

"He missed a few on the pre-season tour, he had a few chances to score in some of the games," the Scot is quoted by the London Metro. "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."

Moyes added: "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."

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