Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United not to let Danny Welbeck leave Old Trafford permanently, but will allow the striker to agree a loan move, reports The Daily Express.
Welbeck was reportedly told he was surplus to requirements under Van Gaal's regime and looked set to leave Old Trafford in the closing stages of the transfer window. A price of £16 million was placed on his head and a number of clubs were rumoured to be interested.
However, Van Gaal has had a change of heart and is no longer willing to see the 23-year-old leave on a permanent deal. Instead, Van Gaal wants the striker to continue his development away from Manchester United by agreeing a temporary switch.
With Robin van Persie ahead of him in the lineup, Welbeck looks set for a prolonged spell on the bench. The England international was utilised as a left-winger under David Moyes, but such a role does not exist with Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation.
Having come through the ranks at Manchester United, Welbeck is a popular figure with fans and officials alike. Originally from Manchester, everyone at the club is keen to see Welbeck reach his potential at the club.
Having scored just 10 goals in his last two Premier League campaign, Welbeck is not considered to be a prolific striker. Despite this, rivals Arsenal appeared keen to take him off Manchester United's hands.
In fact it may have been Welbeck's suitors that forced Van Gaal to change his mind. Welbeck has failed to inspire interest from abroad while only top six clubs in the form of Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton have shown an interest.
With Manchester United struggling to make it back into the top four, they don't want to see a popular figure heading for a direct rival, where he can contribute to keeping the Red Devils out of the coveted Champions League spot.
Worst case scenario
Arsenal would be the worst scenario for Manchester United fans, who just two years ago, rejoiced at the sight of a Gunners striker–Robin van Persie–making the switch to Old Trafford. Having fallen from grace without Sir Alex Ferguson, allowing Arsenal to steal one of their own would be a big blow for the morale of fans.
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