Man United’s Ferguson not concerned by Welbeck’s poor goal tally
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson plays down concerns over Danny Welbeck's strike-rate for the champions
Sir Alex Ferguson says he isn’t concerned about Danny Welbeck’s poor goal tally for Manchester United this season.
The 22-year-old has produced just two goals in 38 appearances in all competitions but still earned a PFA young player of the year nomination for his contribution to United’s Premier League title success.
Welbeck, who has previously gone on loan to Preston North End and Sunderland, scored a much more impressive 12 goals in the 2011-12 campaign in his breakthrough season at Old Trafford.
But despite the forward’s poor strike-rate this term, Ferguson is delighted with Welbeck’s overall impact for the Red Devils, with the England international proving a versatile option for the United boss.
“Last year he had 12 goals, this year he’s only got two, so that’s a big drop,” Ferguson said.
“But that drop doesn’t concern us because he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer.
“Maybe he doesn’t appreciate us moving him around in various positions and we’ve maybe overused that because he is young.
“But his value to the club is there because I know he can do a job for me in any of those positions.
“It’s a fantastic asset when you have a player who is as adaptable as that.
“But I think he will find his role through the middle once he gets that maturity and gets into a more consistent way of scoring.”