Danny Welbeck has reacted to David Moyes’s comments that the forward needs to do more in training and claimed he’s trained harder ever since arriving at United as an eight-year-old.
The 23-year-old has been in and out of the United line-up, having made just 13 appearances in all competitions this season. The striker doubled his tally of league goals with his two strikes against Aston Villa last Sunday.
Quoted by the Guardian, Welbeck defended his training routine and said: "I have been doing that ever since I have been at United. Obviously I have been injured this season so maybe the manager has not seen me on the training pitch as much.”
With Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie struggling with injury at the moment, Welbeck is likely to be needed up front along with Javier Hernandez over the Christmas period.
The England international reiterated his desire to continue his development at United.
He added: “Obviously, at Manchester United, I want to be working hard and I have been doing that ever since I was a young kid. Those extra hours on the training pitch, whether it be with the boys or individually, I am just looking to improve.
"I want some more goals and I have got a figure in my mind. As I have said plenty of times before, I am happy to play for Manchester United in any of the attacking positions.
“Unfortunately, Robin has got injured, I might have a chance up front so I am looking to score some goals for Manchester United whilst playing as a centre-forward."
David Moyes admitted earlier this week that he spoke to his young striker about more practice.
Moyes said: “'Ive got to say we had a word with him about a month ago and we said that he needs to be the last off the training field. Wayne's out there practising his finishing each day, whether it's taking free-kicks, shooting from tight angles or bending them in, whatever it may be Wayne's practising. I said: 'Danny, you need to be out there every day finishing, even if it's 15 minutes at the end.'"
Welbeck will hope to put in some good performances over Christmas to strengthen his bid to make the England squad for this summer's World Cup.
Roy Hodgson has experimented in recent months with Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and a host of other names in the England squad.
Welbeck's main problem at club level is a lack of goals but strangely for the national side the striker has found the net with relative ease after notching up eight goals in 20 appearances.
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