For the first chunk of the match against Bayern Munich last night, Manchester United’s main men played well showing great discipline and resilience which ultimately allowed them to go ahead.
However, some poor discipline in defence allowed Bayern to quickly get back into the game stretching out a lead and David Moyes’ men were never quite able to recover,
Danny Welbeck was handed a start by his manager over on the left hand side and was urged to give Bayern the same problems he gave them during the first leg between the teams.
He showed glimpses of pace, skill and real drive to break through a stubborn defence but started to struggle as he saw less and less of the ball over the course of the game.
It was a decent all round performance but goals make the difference in big games and he couldn’t get on the score sheet as he did in the huge away game against Real Madrid last season.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Welbeck’s game was his passing accuracy of just 58%.
Considering he was starting in a midfield role out on the left, United needed him to protect the ball well, rotating with Shinji Kagawa as he went forward to join Rooney at the top of the attack.
One thing you can’t do against Bayern is give the ball away so easily because it can be a very long time before you get close to having it back again.
The rest of the season is going to be huge for Welbeck as he tries to break the dynamic duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie up front for United, making himself one of the club’s key attacking players heading into next season.
Here’s what United fans made of his performance last night on Twitter.
Danny Welbeck is the Baby Jesus. He's improved massively this season. I'd rather he was captain next year than Rooney #MUFC— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) April 9, 2014
Congratulations to Danny Welbeck who helped Utd go through on 'all round game' tonight! Congrats to the other teams who did it with goals— Phteven Gerald (@BreakfastPercy) April 9, 2014
If Carlsberg made strikers, they would not be Danny Welbeck.— Chris Nutbeam (@ChrisBTSP) April 9, 2014
Welbeck clearly got the heart for mufc but sadly not the world class player needed now at this level don't care what anyone says !!!— Shawsy-mufc (@shawsy26) April 10, 2014
Moyes initial plan for Bayern was good. Poor changes, Rooney needed off, and should have left Welbeck on, his effort was immense #MUFC— Rob MUFC (@Rob__MUFC) April 10, 2014
Chicharito deserves to always be choosen ahead of Danny Welbeck. Always. All the time.— Fillius Patria (@BoldestBoy) April 9, 2014
Let's blame Rooney when he was the one who didn't have the one on one in the first leg? #Welbeck— Ricki. (@RickiDelbridge) April 9, 2014