Danny Welbeck has opened up on what is was like for him to return to Old Trafford and play against Manchester United, insisting it was a ‘weird’ experience.
The England international scored a goal in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup that knocked out his former club on their own turf and, speaking to Martin Keown - as relayed by the Daily Mail - he’s claimed that it was simply a spur of the moment action to celebrate.
Welbeck’s goal, which handed Arsenal a 2-1 lead, was enough to leave United with virtually no chance of silverware this term, but the man himself doesn’t appear to regret it one bit.
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"It was a weird occasion for me going to back to Old Trafford on the away side," Welbeck admitted.
"The weirdest thing was warming up on the other side of the pitch. It just felt a bit weird. But you have to treat it like it’s any other game and play the game, not the occasion.
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"Obviously I was going back to a club that brought me up and going back to the fans that supported me for years, playing against old team-mates, my old friends, it was a weird occasion.
"But I scored the goal, a big goal to get us through to the semi-final. So it was a spur of the moment to celebrate."
Van Gaal regret?
What makes the whole scenario interesting is that there’s still bound to be large masses of Red Devils fans who disagree with Van Gaal’s decision to sell Welbeck to one of their biggest rivals.
The forward may not have proven himself the most prolific of frontmen so far but he works extremely hard, and with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie hardly boasting incredible stats this term it may have been wiser for United to keep faith with a player they’d raised through the academy.
The strike force
Indeed Welbeck has become an important fixture in Arsene Wenger’s side, perhaps giving Van Gaal food for thought as to some of his transfer plans for this term.
Coincidentally the Dutchman will be expected to strengthen his attacking line-up once more with Champions League football on the horizon, with Falcao unlikely to be permanently purchased and Van Persie not firing on all cylinders.
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