It was never going to be easy for players like Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck who were labelled ‘Inconsistent’ and ‘Under performers’ by the Manchester United fans to feel motivated and play their natural game. But both the Englishmen stole the spot light for the right reasons last week for their displays against Aston Villa, Stoke and West ham which has not only given them belief but has also propelled United to kick start a winning streak that is very essential.
Diver , Cheat- these are the words that are usually used to address Ashley Young who has never been able to reproduce his form and the promise that he showed in his first season at Old Trafford. Often accused for simulation, the former Aston Villa winger found chances limited due to the emergence of Adnan Januzaj this season with David Moyes preferring to start with Januzaj or Shinji kagawa on the left wing. The English winger scored his first goal for 17 months against Stoke City in the Capital One cup and followed it up with a beautiful strike against West Ham United this weekend.
While these two strikes would undoubtedly serve as a confidence booster for him for the rest of the campaign, it will be absolutely essential for the English winger to keep up his goal scoring form. The winger might well have given his manager a timely reminder about how useful he can be to the team as it was vivid that Young would be one of those players who will be shown the door during the January transfer window.
Danny Welbeck on the other hand had to be contended with a role on the bench since the start of the season but an Injury to Robin van Persie gave him his preferred number nine role. Often played out wide in the flanks, the youngster came in for a lot of criticism for the lack of goals last year and he finished the campaign with just one goal to his name. While he started the season brightly by scoring a brace against Swansea, Injuries and the form of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie together made it tough for the youngster to make an impact this season.
But finally when he did get the opportunity, he managed to grab it with both the hands. He scored a brace against Aston Villa, followed it up with a well taken goal against West ham and led the line well against Stoke city. The former Manchester United academy graduate is finally getting a chance to prove his worth to the team in which he has succeeded so far.
The underperformers have surely won over their haters and made the fans look back, but it has given David Moyes and Manchester United a much needed lift ahead of the busy festive schedule in which united need to be at their best to avoid any damage to their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.