42 touches and no shots on target: What was Welbeck doing?

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck game under some criticism after Manchester United's 1-0 loss to Everton - was it deserved?

Manchester United suffered a horrible 1-0 loss to visitors Everton, leaving David Moyes feeling rather hot under the collar. 

There were plenty of fingers of blame to point around the Manchester United dressing room. Although many will argue that the manager was the biggest flop of the evening, there was special attention for England international Danny Welbeck.

The fans were none-to-kind to the attacker as questions were asked, not only of his ability during the game against Everton but his overall ability to play in a red shirt.

A few of the comments off the club forum Red Cafe:

''Just not good enough, sell for $15m and move on''

''Forget Nani and Januzaj. I'd say Zaha is a better option too.''

''I think his United days should be coming to an end. Fails to fill me with confidence and what's worse is we have superior options on the bench.''

''Not a winger. Not much of a striker either tbh.''

I think it's fair to say that this small pocket of fans seem to reiterate the thought of many Manchester United fans around the globe.

A look at the statistics from yesterday's match shows the starlet isn't helping himself:

Touches - 42 (less than Tim Howard)
Shots - 1 (less than Evra and Smalling)
Shots on target - 0
Dispossessed - 3 (joint most on the pitch)
Passing - 24 (out of the 22 that started only both keepers made less passes)

The stats don't make for happy reading, and neither does United fans summary. It does make you wonder how ineffectual a player must be in accordance with those statistics. Less touches than Tim Howard? Lowest pass count besides the two keepers that started on the pitch? 

I guess the question for United fans will be, how or when will he recreate his international form at club level? Could it possibly be down to mismanagement, being played out of position, or is he simply not good enough? 

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