Manchester United supporters might just be forgiven for bemoaning Louis van Gaal’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, particularly given the fact that in doing so he’s helped Arsene Wenger recover from the loss of Olivier Giroud.
However the main question churning away in the minds of the Old Trafford faithful won’t be why Van Gaal has chosen to allow players to leave the club, but why certain first-teamers still remain.
Anders Lindegaard, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley are all still on the books at United, despite the fact that many expected them to be sold before last night’s transfer deadline. The aforementioned Welbeck, and his strike partner Javier Hernandez, were both pushed through the exit door, yet a number of players deemed to be below the talent line expected of the club will continue to call Old Trafford home until at least January.
Cleverley move fails
In truth it was Cleverley who was closest to departing the former Premier League champions yesterday, with both Everton and Aston Villa said to be ready to fight for his signature. In fact a deal with Villa was set to be all but agreed before the Midlands outfit pulled the plug due to Cleverley’s apparent desire to move to Goodison Park, according to The Independent.
Despite being tipped for bright things under Sir Alex Ferguson Cleverley has never lived up to his billing, and it may just be that he has to move in order to realise his true potential.
Of course United won’t be too fussed as they managed to make major waves in the market with the additions of Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind, the acquisitions of whom will go someway to restoring the club to its former glory.
United additions in the window
In total six high-profile names were signed by Van Gaal during the window, with Blind and Falcao joining the likes of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo. Now all that remains is to take a machine of extreme promise and make sure that it’s running at maximum efficiency.
Whether Van Gaal can orchestrate that remains to be seen, but the excuse of not having players good enough to compete with the best the English top flight has to offer won't wash with fans for much longer. Though the defence remains precariously weak their frontline is made up of some of the best players in the world, with the addition of Falcao meaning that either Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie may be forced to play out of position.