Welbeck set a target

Hit man: Danny Welbeck after scoring at Norwich
Hit man: Danny Welbeck after scoring at Norwich
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has challenged Danny Welbeck to break the 20-goal barrier this season.

The England forward came off the bench at Norwich to net his fourth goal in five appearances as United recorded a fourth straight Premier League win to move within striking distance of the top four once again.

Wayne Rooney missed the trip to Norfolk as he rested a groin problem, but should return for tomorrow’s clash against Tottenham.

And Robin van Persie is also set to step up his recovery from a thigh injury which has sidelined the Dutchman since mid-December.

Former Preston boss Moyes sees no reason why Welbeck – who also has a Deepdale connection after a loan spell under Darren Ferguson – cannot push on to make his mark on the run-in.

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

“I think Danny has responded, he is saying, ‘Hey this is quite good I am beginning to score some goals and getting recognised for that as well’.

“He got one 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.”

Javier Hernandez was started at the head of the United attack on Saturday, and Moyes feels his side need to have plenty of options.

“I don’t think at United you have only two players to do the jobs. You have got to have more,” said Moyes. “Chichirato is part of that – he is a great goalscorer too.”