The Football Association scored an own goal on Thursday afternoon after naming Danny Welbeck as a Manchester United player in the official squad sheet.
Unfortunately, the FA's faux pas has come at the worst possible time; less than 24 hours after the 23-year-old reminded Louis van Gaal of his immense potential.
Manchester United may have been wishing that Welbeck still played for them as he scored an impressive hat-trick for Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Welbeck put in a man of the match display against a poor Galatasaray team to become just the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick for the Gunners.
Countless Manchester United fans were dismayed at Van Gaal's decision to sell Welbeck to a direct Premier League rival. The striker was not only considered a potential star, but was also a popular product of the youth academy.
The FA seem to be in denial over the whole affair, instead deciding to ignore the fact that he ever swapped Old Trafford for the Emirates Stadium. The squad sheet, which was pictured on journalist Rob Harris' Twitter account, clearly claims Welbeck is still a Manchester United player. If only...
Welbeck will lead the line for England in their Euro 2016 qualifiers against minnows San Marino and Estonia where he has a chance to boost his goal figures.
Deadline day drama
Welbeck had reportedly been told to find himself a new club with Van Gaal looking to instead bring Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco on loan. Manchester United were hopeful of selling him to a club outside the Premier League top six but Arsenal's interest proved too enticing for the England international.
He completed a £16 million deal after the 11pm transfer deadline had passed – Arsenal were granted an extension – and signed a long-term contract worth £105,000-a-week.
Some Manchester United fans chose to point towards Welbeck's poor chance conversion rate as a reason why they should not care about his departure but six goals for club and country this season has shown he is more than capable of becoming a very good goal scorer.
Given the option, plenty of Manchester United fans – and players, no doubt – would like to take Welbeck back off Arsenal if given the chance. With Arsene Wenger labelling the star as "electric" after last night's show, the Frenchman is unlikely to let the player go any time soon.
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