After his match winning goal against Fulham on the weekend, Wayne Rooney was quick to defend team-mate Danny Welbeck after recent criticism on his poor goal scoring record this season.
Welbeck has failed to find the back of the net since October 2012 when he netted against Stoke City, he has since made 27 appearances without finding the back of the net, all be it mostly being played out of his preferred position.
Rooney has however, dismissed concerns and highlighted his work rate on and off the pitch.
Speaking with manutd.com, Rooney said:
“We’re not too concerned about him not scoring too many this season, he’s a fantastic player who works hard and brings a lot of energy to the team.
“He hasn’t been playing up front a lot – he’s been playing out wide. He’s been doing a job for the team, which, as players, we’re all grateful for.”
Rooney has scored 10 goals in his last 10 games for United, but recalls receiving similar criticism about his goalscoring in the past, he recalled:
“Everyone labels Danny as a striker and I have had that at times when I have played in different positions. Someone will bring up the fact that I haven’t scored for eight games when I hadn’t played up front!
“Danny has been out wide a lot this season. He is a great player and his time will come when he gets that run up front. I am sure then he will score goals.”