Manchester United's squad players respond to manager's call

Danny Welbeck

Manchester United manager David Moyes had asked his squad players to up their game over the Christmas period, and from the evidence of Saturday's game against West Ham, they have responded positively.

Moyes hasn’t had the best of starts after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but two men have kept Manchester United's season alive - strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.

Before Saturday's match the two had scored 15 of Manchester United’s 25 Premier League goals this season, and both have had a hand in a fair few of the other goals too.

Danny Welbeck, to his credit, has also played a part - his five goals in 8 starts isn’t a bad return, but the problem lies outside of these strikers. Where do the goals come from if the main strikers are injured or having an off day ? Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United’s new kid on the block, is the next highest goalscorer with (before Saturday) 2 goals.

But Moyes is clearly worried about other players - Ashley Young, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Kagawa, Fellaini, Luis Antonio Valencia, Nani ? Until today, those 6 players had scored fewer goals in total than Stoke City’s Charlie Adam.

The lack of goals when Rooney or RVP aren’t firing on all cylinders has alarmed Moyes, who said: 'We want goals to come from everybody. We keep telling them that we need as many goals as we can from all different areas.

Some of Manchester United's squad players, however, have already responded to the manager's rallying call, as Welbeck, Januzaj and Ashley Young all scored in the 3-1 win against West Ham.

With more winnable games, against the likes of Hull City, Norwich City and Tottenham, on the horizon, Moyes will be hoping that his overall squad continues to contribute with more goals.

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