Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he’s happy to see Danny Welbeck developing well at Arsenal, ahead of the crunch derby clash at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow.
Van Gaal on Welbeck
The striker moved to the Gunners on deadline day for a fee of £16m, prompting criticisms from fans of both clubs, but Red Devils manager Van Gaal has claimed Welbeck is benefitting from being in a fixed side where he plays every week.
The England international has so far scored five goals in 12 appearances for Arsenal, and has added energy to Wenger's front-line. Welbeck has enjoyed an extended run in the team thanks to the injury suffered by Olivier Giroud, but has shouldered responsibilities well, and Gunners fans have taken to him quickly.
As such Van Gaal has naturally attracted plenty of doubters for his decision to sell the player, with former players such as Paul Scholes and Gary Neville voicing their concerns at the way in which Welbeck's future was handled.
Van Persie sale
Elsewhere sensational rumours this morning speculate that Robin van Persie could be sold in order for Van Gaal to pursue either Thomas Muller or Cavani.
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The former Premier League champions aren’t short of options up top, but with Van Persie looking short of his usual best question marks are beginning to be asked over his credentials for the future.
The 31-year-old looked lively for Netherlands at the World Cup, but since the start of the season he hasn't replicated the sort of form which saw him lead United to the title during his maiden campaign with the club.
- David Moyes has coincidentally questioned Van Gaal's decision to sell Welbeck to Arsenal, claiming that if he were still United manager the deal would have never come to fruition. Fresh from being appointed Real Sociedad boss Moyes highlighted the fact that the striker had been great for him.
- Van Gaal could be poised to solve his defensive woes in January with a surprise move for Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian international is out of favour at White Hart Lane, but remains an individual with plenty of pedigree.