Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has questioned Louis van Gaal’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck, claiming that were he still manager he wouldn’t have done the same.
The Dutchman, charged with picking up the pieces left by Moyes’s disastrous tenure at Old Trafford, made the controversial choice to sell Welbeck to Arsenal on deadline day this summer, and the forward has since flourished at the Emirates Stadium.
Van Gaal's wrong decision?
Van Gaal admitted shortly after the sale that it had been pushed through due to the arrival of Radamel Falcao, but his predecessor feels that he possibly went for the wrong option.
“He was an excellent player for me last year. If you look, we played him in nearly all the big games and I thought an awful lot of him," Moyes said, according to talkSPORT.
“The hardest thing Danny had to deal with is he had Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in front of him. So, from that point of view, he had to dislodge those players to get into the side and it was always going to be hard for him to do that.
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“It’s been a really good move for Danny.
"He’s a really good lad and player, maybe it will help him. He’s gone away, he’s scoring for England as well and I think he’s getting more respect for what he’s doing.
“You make your own decisions. Every manager is entitled to their own opinion, but it wouldn’t necessarily be mine.”
“You make your own decisions. Every manager is entitled to their own opinion, but it wouldn’t necessarily be mine"
Moyes vs Van Gaal
Fresh from starting his latest job in charge of Real Sociedad it’s easy for Moyes to reflect on what he might have done. Red Devils fans perhaps won’t be as ready to take his advice on board though, given how badly he performed during the months he was at the Old Trafford helm.
In contrast things look to be significantly more positive under Van Gaal, with over £150 million having been spent on new faces since his appointment post-World Cup. Along with Falcao high-profile stars such as Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind have been accrued, whilst Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw also joined the cause.
Nevertheless heading into this weekend’s clash with Arsenal - coincidentally wherein Welbeck will face his former side for the first time - Van Gaal’s men sit seventh in the Premier League on 16 points. They can leapfrog the Gunners with a victory, but thanks to an injury crisis it’s fair to assume that an under-strength side will take to the field.
On top of that many feel that United’s attack lacks the sort of energy Welbeck offered, and whilst there’s few teams in world football that would sneer at the chance to start with Robin van Persie leading their line, there has been occasions where the Red Devils have struggled to find their way through opposition defences.
Arsenal’s back four might not be as strong as some United have faced this season, given their own injury issues, but it will be interesting to see how the respective front-lines fare.