Welbeck has started just 12 league games this season, compared to the 23 he started last year, and in lots of those games he has been played out of position.
He scored at the Bernabeu in our 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and was preferred over Wayne Rooney in the starting XI for the second leg. However, in the league this season he has scored just 2 goals.
Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Welbeck’s goal tally and insists that our youngster contributes in other ways.
“Last year he had 12 goals, this year he’s only got two, so that’s a big drop,” Ferguson told Inside United. “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.”
Made in Manchester is available for just £5. It includes 30 articles from the country's best football writers about graduates from the Manchester United academy. Everyone who buys a copy enters a competition to win the new home shirt. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.