EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

13/01/2014 11:37, Report by Ben Hibbs
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United heart and soul

Born in Longsight, raised on the dream of playing in front of the Stretford End, it's not just his job as a player that fuels Danny Welbeck come kick-off. "I feel that passion inside me," he told official match programme United Review. "I'll give my best because Manchester United is very important to me…"

What are the team's targets for the rest of the season?
As a team we want to improve, but to do that the only thing you can look at is your next performance. We have to get that right and from there we can look to climb up the table. We're not in the position we should be in as Manchester United, in terms of the way we play and as a whole club. We really want to get further up that table. We've got to put it right. You can't dwell on the negatives too much because that's just a bigger distraction to putting things right and doing want we want to achieve. We've got to look forward.

This season, the team has played well in parts of games and in runs of matches, but how do you find consistency?
It's been stop-start this season, we know that. It's the hardest thing to do in this league and in football; maintain consistency throughout the whole season. But that is what Manchester United have done for as long as I've known. We need to see if we can get that consistency in our performances and our results, and gather momentum. We need to set a platform that we can build on.

Being from Manchester and a United fan, do you feel it personally when the team suffers a setback?
Yeah, I'm a local lad and a fan myself, not just a player in the team. It hurts. It hurts a lot when I see that United aren't doing as well as we know we can. I feel that extra passion inside me and I want to do everything I can for my team, my team-mates and the club I support because United means so much.

How pleased are you with your current scoring run?
I always knew that if I had the opportunity to play up front that I would be getting into scoring positions more regularly and I would score goals. That's what I've done since I was a kid. But, previously, I was playing on the wing and you're not going to get into the same positions to score goals. I've seen people say, 'Oh, he must have been working hard on his finishing in the last few weeks', but that's not the case. I've done what I've always done but I think it's about opportunities. It's difficult to get the chances from the wing. But, to be honest, I'd prefer to have no goals against my name this season and we were top of the league. I'm just trying to

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