Michael Owen has claimed that Manchester United made a huge mistake in letting go of Danny Welbeck last summer, and are now going to feel the consequences of that decision.
In order to create a tantalising opportunity for United to sign Columbian striker Radamal Falcao on a season-long loan, Louis van Gaal was tasked with freeing up room in his strike-force last summer.
UNITED LEFT SHORT UP-FRONT
As Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were both considered to be immovable features within the United dressing room, it was Welbeck who was let go when the decision was taken to accept Arsenal's deadline day bid of £16 million for the striker.
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Despite only managing to find the net 29 times for United during the course of his six year stay at Old Trafford, Owen believes that in letting go of the England international they have sold themselves short.
“They are going to have some issues in the striking position," Owen said to ESPN.
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“Falcao has gone, Robin van Persie is on the wane and then what?
“Wayne Rooney is a reliable goal threat, but he is not going to be around forever.
“They have a huge void up front and after letting Danny Welbeck go. You quickly realise they need to spend a whole lot more to compete and they have already spent a lot since Van Gaal arrived.”
Stressing that his former club will now need to heavily invest in assembling a front-line, Owen's prediction has already been proved correct with last month's acquisition of Memphis Depay for a hefty £25 million fee.
COMING BACK TO HAUNT UNITED
Welbeck, who when fit is now a regular starter in Roy Hodgson's England team, has already come back to haunt his former club on one occasion last term, when he scored the winner to knock United out of the FA Quarter-final match in front of the Old Trafford crowd.
That goal was just one of a collection of eight goals he scored for the Gunner's last season but it was apt that that perhaps it had the biggest effect of the lot.
Now focused on delivering the Premier League title to Arsenal, he will be forced to contend for a forward role along with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, who was named up-front in the latter games of last season.
With Welbeck now at their disposal, Arsenal are afforded the luxury of having an abundance of striking talent to pick from. However in the thoughts of Owen, unfortunately United do not.
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