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Welbeck insists he trains like Rooney

MANCHESTER UNITED striker Danny Welbeck insists he has never had a problem doing extra training.

Red Devils manager David Moyes revealed ahead of Wednesday's League Cup triumph over Stoke he had told the forward to copy Wayne Rooney's example by remaining outside to practice his finishing after the normal training sessions had finished.

It has worked, given Welbeck scored twice at Aston Villa last Sunday, although the fact he needed to be asked was something of a surprise given there has been a culture of spending additional time working on specific aspects of the game at United.

Manchester-born Welbeck could be expected to follow that example, and he explained he has. "I have been doing that ever since I was a young kid," said Welbeck.

"Obviously I have been injured this season, so maybe the manager has not seen me on the training pitch as much."

In fairness to Moyes, he was also highly complimentary of Welbeck's application and work ethic.

His goals output has increased, from a paltry two in all competitions last season to a current tally of five. Yet he needs to do more, especially now he has been given the central role he craves in the current absence of Robin van Persie.

"Obviously it is not my decision about where I play," said Welbeck.

"As I have said plenty of times before, I am happy to play for Manchester United in any of the attacking positions."