Welbeck pushing for 'much better goal return' for Manchester United next season

The 22-year-old scored more often for England than he did for his club over 2012-13 but notes he has been adapting to different positions rather than focusing on his record
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck concedes that he must do "much better" than last season's return of two goals when the new campaign begins.

Though behind the likes of Robin van Persie for a striking role at Old Trafford, the 22-year-old featured in 40 games over 2012-13 but netted only against Stoke City and Real Madrid.

The youngster scored more goals for England – three – over the season than he did for his club, which, he feels, proves that he has it in him to do better for United.

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"Overall, there have been improvements to my game and I have been more consistent but I've been playing on the wing, which has inhibited my ability to get into goalscoring positions," Welbeck told reporters.

"I've played up front for England, been away to tournaments and scored goals there, so I know once I get into those positions I will put the chances away.

"I'm also aware that knowing how to play in different positions and developing in different areas of the pitch will only benefit me and the teams I play for.

"I'm happy to help the team out and it doesn't really matter whether I'm playing on the wing or up front; I should have had a much better goal return."