Earlier in the week David Moyes painted England striker Danny Welbeck in a surprising dim light in comparison to his England team-mate Wayne Rooney, commenting:
'I've got to say we had a word with him about a month ago and we said that he needs to be the last off the training field.
'Wayne's out there practising his finishing each day, whether it's taking free-kicks, shooting from tight angles or bending them in. Whatever it may be, Wayne's practising and I said 'Danny, you need to be out there every day finishing, even if it's 15 minutes at the end.'
Asked if he was surprised that Welbeck had to be reminded, Moyes added: 'A little bit, yes. I think the young boys here are educated to keep improving and practise, but sometimes you can, without knowing, slip away from that'.
'So we said, every day, take an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of the session to practise all different types of finishing. Let's see if we can get more goals from you'
Welbeck has struggled to get a regular slot as a striker this season under Moyes, even though his double in Sunday's game against Aston Villa was from him starting in that position. So, perhaps it was a case of Moyes trying to take some credit for man-management that in the end sent Manchester United on their way to an impressive 3-0 win.
However, Danny Welbeck has since come out and dismissed the image painted by Moyes earlier in the week and insisted he has carried on doing what he always has at United.
'I have been doing that ever since I have been at United. Obviously I have been injured this season so maybe the manager has not seen me on the training pitch as much.' Said the 23-year-old.
'Obviously, at Manchester United, I want to be working hard and i have been doing that ever since I was a young kid. I just want to keep on getting better and improving. Those extra hours on the training pitch, whether it be with the boys or individually, I am looking to improve.'
So, without flying totally in the face of his commander and chief, he has simply quashed his bosses comments on his attitude towards training.
It sounds like it could end up being another case for Moyes's calamity handbook at least in terms of PR and man-management, however - if he has deliberately served to get a rise out of the striker and get him scoring, it's worked.
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