Danny Welbeck changed the game after coming on at halftime during Manchester United‘s 1-0 win away at Norwich in the Premier League.
David Moyes may well take some of the credit for the substitution as it was clearly needed. I have little doubt that any striker would have helped United on Saturday afternoon, but Welbeck added something that others may not have.
Not only did Welbeck find the net with a bit of fortune in the build up, but he gave Norwich something to think about at the back. That was notably missing in the first half. Welbeck helped stretched the defense and allowed others to play around him while going forward, which is not really anything outstanding. However, his desire and drive to help United find their sixth consecutive win in all competitions deserves a mention.
Without the injured Wayne Rooney, someone had to take a hold of the game and take the initiative rather than wait for something to happen for them. Welbeck was that man. His runs at the Norwich back line helped United create chances, having looked less than average in the first 45.
Many have criticized Welbeck justifiably in the past, but he has impressively made up for Robin Van Persie‘s absence, and helped cover for the presence of Rooney too against Norwich he. He’s adding creativity and positivity into his game, and his strength is becoming more evident. Perhaps most importantly Welbeck is answering his critics and finding the net consistently when the chances arise.
He’s playing in his favored position as a striker and once again in Decemeber, Welbeck was one of United’s most influential players in a performance where they found another three points to help them chase down the top four — and possibly higher.
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