Danny Welbeck correctly piles pressure on himself at Manchester United

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck could be forced out of Manchester United through his own eagerness to score more goals for the club.

Welbeck is targeting a better goal return for United next season after a frustrating 2012/2013 campaign which saw him net just one goal in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.

It’s something he attributes to Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to use him at left midfield, which only came about because of the inconsistency of the wingers at Old Trafford last season.

That suggests he’d prefer to play up front for the club, which gives David Moyes a massive headache ahead of next season.

“I've been playing on the wing, which has inhibited my ability to get into goalscoring positions. I've played up front for England, been away to tournaments and scored goals there,” he told reporters.

The issue for Moyes is that keeping Wayne Rooney at the club seems to depend on him playing as a centre forward alongside Robin van Persie or instead of the prolific Dutch striker.

That means Welbeck will be pushed way down the pecking order behind those two players, limiting his chances to play games and score goals next season.

That will only increase the frustration for a young player who has come to expect a starting place in the current side, as he’s had a big impact at the club despite his lack of goals.

There is only so long a player of Welbeck’s quality can go sitting on the bench, effectively waiting for Rooney or Van Persie to get injured which gives him a way into the attack.

That opens up the possibility of him leaving Old Trafford and while United would be reluctant to let him go, it’s something they may have to accept if Rooney stays at the club this summer.

If he wants to stay at the club, he may just have to accept that he needs to become a different player and re-invent himself in a new position.

That will increases his chances of getting games and he’s a good enough attacking talent to be able to increase his goal threat regardless of where he plays next season.

Welbeck also has to contend with competing against Javier Hernandez who has also said he wants to play more games and score more goals in the attack of the side.

Chicharito’s higher goal tally last season probably means he’s going to get a chance ahead of Welbeck in terms of playing as a centre forward and that just pushes Welbeck’s aims and ambitions back even further.

If he wants to play as a striker, fine, but he’ll have to accept he’s not going to play every week and if a club dangles a carrot next January after he’s only made a handful of appearances then he may have to look at a loan move to enhance his international prospects for next summer's World Cup.

What do you think? Where do you see Welbeck playing next season?

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