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Moyes sets in-form Welbeck 20-goal target

The England forward is only behind Rooney and Van Persie in Man Utd’s goals chart this season.

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MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER David Moyes has challenged Danny Welbeck to “step up” and score 20 goals this season.

Welbeck only found the back of the net twice last season but has already claimed seven in all competitions during the current campaign — making him United’s third top scorer behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to score the winner against Norwich City on Saturday and Moyes has been impressed with the England international, but wants to see more from him in the second half of the season.

“We have said to him we are trying to keep his finishing up,” the Scot said. “I think he can keep his efforts up, his levels up, even better.

“He got one (league) goal last year and now he is on seven for this season. It could be better, but you have got to say it is going in the right direction.

“With the second half of the season to go, he should be certainly looking to score 20 goals. We need him to do that because when you don’t have Wayne and you don’t have Robin, then you need people to step up to the mark.

“In quite a few of the games recently he has done that for us.”

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