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Moyes urges Welbeck shooting practice

Manchester United manager David Moyes has told Danny Welbeck he needs to spend more time practising his shooting to become a prolific goalscorer.

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And he urged the striker to follow the example of Wayne Rooney, who stays behind after training to work on his finishing.

Welbeck, who only struck twice for his club in the whole of last season, scored twice in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa to take his tally for the campaign to five goals.

But manager Moyes said in August that he believes Welbeck is capable of getting between 15 and 20 goals a year and believes hard work is the key to success.

Moyes told the Manchester Evening News: "Danny needs to score more goals. 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 Rooney is out there practising his finishing every day. Whether it be taking free kicks, shooting from tight angles, bending them in, whatever it may be, Wayne is practising and I told Danny that he needs to be out there practising every day even if it is just 15 minutes every day.

"He did take heed. He is out there now. If you remember the goal he got at Villa on the right and the chance he just pulled past the post, I thought: 'Well, here you go -- put your practice into operation."

Moyes admitted he was surprised he had to remind Welbeck to work on his finishing.

"A little bit, yes," he added. "I think the young boys here are educated to keep improving and practice, but sometimes you can, without knowing, slip away from that.

"So we just said: 'Every day, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of every session and practise all different types of finishing, inside the box, outside the box, heading and let’s see if we can get more goals from you."

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