Why Welbeck is United's most improved player this season

Danny Welbeck is in contention to be named the most improved player at Manchester United this season, despite his of goals.

It looks like a straight toss up between Danny Welbeck and Rafael over who will be named as the most improved player for Manchester United this season and there are several reasons why it should be the striker.

Welbeck may not have a prolific strike rate at the club this season, which seems ironic as he’s a striker, but he’s the changes he’s made to his game elsewhere which are the reasons he deserves this award.

He is now a much more complete front man and a more versatile player. He can lead the frontline just as easily as he can play in the pocket, which means he can be used in different roles.

He’s also a much more versatile player, who generally now plays on the left of the team. He’s disciplined enough for Sir Alex Ferguson to have faith playing him in this role, which counters some of his natural attributes.

He looks like a more threatening player than he did last season. He now has a greater ability to pick up the ball and drive into space, which makes him difficult to stop and lethal on the counter attack for his side.

He’s arguably the best striker United have when it comes to ball at feet and running straight at defenders. There are wide men at the club who are better at this but he has the edge over all the strikers at the club in this department.

He’s matured superbly, which is significant as he’s still a very young man. The pressure and expectation of playing for Manchester United is something he has come to terms with.

Rather than be intimidated by it, it’s something he uses to his advantage as he looks to progress in the side and become a better player for it. He doesn’t seem to take criticism to heart, which is important if he wants a long career at Old Trafford.

His work ethic also links into this point because he rivals Wayne Rooney in terms of the all round effort he puts in. It doesn’t matter if he has a stinker, he’s run his socks off this season.

His build up play is dramatically better than it was last season which makes him fore of a central point in the team. He links up with the midfield better than he ever has done before which allows him to get more involved and improve the creative side of his game.

Welbeck for most improved United player? What do you think?

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