Louis van Gaal’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal may have gone down well with the majority of the Emirates Stadium faithful, but there remains those at Manchester United who are unsure whether it was the right option.
Old Trafford hero Paul Scholes is the latest figure to have had his say on perhaps the most controversial inter-Premier League transfer of the summer and, according to Goal, citing The Independent, doesn’t believe that Van Gaal made the right call.
The former United midfielder, who has made the headlines for his often questionable opinions on current players since hanging up his boots, said that the club selling Welbeck had upset him, and that the Red Devils’ loss could quite easily become Arsenal’s gain.
The decision to sell Welbeck
Welbeck’s move, which was made close to the transfer deadline, has sparked debate amongst the masses, with certain quarters feeling that Van Gaal consenting to let him join a potential title rival wasn’t a smart move.
Though the England international was never overly prolific in a United shirt his age means that there is definite room for that to change in the future, and the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson was a keen admirer of his talents had many fans ready to see him given a proper chance at being a regular starter.
Yet Van Gaal differed on his predecessor’s stance and, following the additions of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, clearly didn’t feel that Welbeck gave him anything he would miss. For Scholes, who returned to United for the last few games of last season in a coaching capacity, the Dutchman made the wrong move.
Scholes on the move
“Naturally, I was sad, as a United fan, to see Welbeck leave this week,” Scholes said.
“My feeling was that if he could have got through this transfer window and stayed at the club he could have been a part of United’s future over the next few years.
“It shows how highly regarded Danny is that a club as big as Arsenal signed him. He will be a good signing for Arsène Wenger. Danny will never be a 20-25 goals-a-season man but he could get Arsenal 10 to 15.”
Indeed the purchase of Welbeck seems to have gone down well in north London, with Arsene Wenger having turned to him having lost the services of Olivier Giroud. The Gunners’ boss’ need for a striker became urgent after the France international broke his tibia, leaving Yaya Sanogo as the only out and out forward available.
And, whilst Welbeck has been utilised as a wide-man for United in the past, he can take up the role of leading the attacking line, and his pace will give the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla plenty to aim for when it comes to threading balls through opposition defences.
Having risen through the ranks at United it seems as though Welbeck’s move to Arsenal will allow him to take the next step in his career. Whereas at Old Trafford he was close to being frozen out Wenger will give him the time to flourish. Whether or not Van Gaal will regret letting him go as a result is another matter entirely.