Man United’s Tom Cleverley defends Danny Welbeck’s goal record

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley defends Danny Welbeck's lack of goals this season after the striker scored against Real Madrid

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Tom Cleverley has four goals in 23 appearances this term Photo: Adidas

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Tom Cleverley has launched an impassioned defence of his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck, insisting the striker brings more than just goals to the Red Devils side.

The 22-year-old ended his 15-game goal drought against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last week, netting an important strike for United in the away leg of their last-16 tie.

Welbeck’s tally for the campaign now stands at a rather unimpressive two goals in 28 appearances in all competitions, but Cleverley insists United are not concerned by the England star’s poor strike rate.

“He’ll be happy with that goal and it’s a very important one for us,” Cleverley told Untied’s website.

“He’s not scored as many as he did last year but we know he does other things for the team that are just as important. I don’t think anybody’s really worried about that [his lack of goals].”

United face Reading in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night ahead of their trip to Queens Park Rangers at the weekend – and Cleverley is adamant Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad can cope with the rigours of competing in three different competitions.

“As a footballer, you want to play every game. If you can’t play, you want to be ready to come on off the bench.

“I think that’s the good thing about this squad – no-one is an individual. We’re all in it together and fully understand that.

“We’ll take every game as it comes. We’re in three tournaments and doing well in them all. I think we need a good squad.

“I don’t think the same 11 players can fight on all fronts. We’ve got a brilliant squad, great team spirit and I’m sure it’s what we need to be successful.”

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