After his £16 million move to Arsenal on deadline day, Danny Welbeck has done more than split the opinions of the masses.
On top of that his brace for England against Switzerland on Monday night has also begged more questions to be asked as to whether United made a mistake letting him go, and if Arsene Wenger has possibly got himself the transfer coup of the summer.
Welbeck to Arsenal
On deadline day Arsenal fans were pictured booing when they heard about the potential arrival of Welbeck, while the same lot cheered when they thought the deal had fallen through. Other fans were unsure and some believed it was a decent signing.
There is clearly a divide amongst the Arsenal fans but as far as they're concerned they needed a striker to fill the void left by Olivier Giroud's injury. One thing Arsenal fans will agree on is that anyone is better than Yaya Sanogo at the moment.
The departure from United
Lets skip over to Old Trafford where this has caused just as bigger storm. Firstly, when I first heard of the deal I was surprised to see that United received £16 million. So that surely is a positive for United and it seems like a good deal on the financial side of things.
United legend Gary Neville and Mike Phelan, who served as Sir Alex Ferguson's no.2 for five years, were quick to voice their dissatisfaction at the sale. David Beckham said he was "sad" to see an academy graduate leave United to a rival in the league.
Phelan said that United have "lost their identity" after this deal. That has divided the loyalist of United fans, though here is what everyone needs to consider. Firstly when you look into it, Louis van Gaal seems to have more faith in 18-year-old James Wilson as a 4th striker than Welbeck himself.
Wilson is very highly regarded at Old Trafford by coaches, legends and fans alike and I personally believe one day he will be 20+ goal a season striker and with Welbeck now 23, he hasn't shown me that it's likely he'll ever be capable of that. Surely promoting Wilson keeps United's "identity" and proves that youth will still be given their chance?
Welbeck not given a chance?
The other issue some United fans have is that Welbeck didn't play upfront often enough, which is why he may not have scored as many goals as initially expected. I go back to the 2011-12 season when Manchester United's attack was Wayne Rooney, Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov.
Welbeck got the nod from Sir Alex back then despite Hernandez scoring 20 goals in all competitions the previous season and Welbeck having only scored six for Sunderland. Welbeck played the majority of games upfront as the number 9 that year and scored 12 goals in 39 appearances,which was respectable for a 21-year-old.
It was when Robin van Persie arrived he was shifted out wide. The pace he had meant he could still be a threat and surely he could have managed more than two goals in 40 appearances? Six or seven would have been a decent return.
In 2013-14, under David Moyes, he enjoyed more time upfront with the injuries of Rooney and Van Persie and bagged 10 goals in 36 games, which again seemed a pretty mediocre return considering he played in his favoured forward position. At a club like United you have to earn the right to start and Van Gaal has come to the decision that he is simply surplus to requirements.
Another reason why Van Gaal is right to sanction the sale is the arrival of Radamel Falcao. His goal record speaks for itself and with United only scoring two goals so far this season it was a no brainer.
Angel Di Maria will also provide goals, assists and more general quality. Effectively Welbeck has left for exactly the same reason as Shinji Kagawa and Hernandez. Overall my opinion is that it was time for these players to be moved on.
They are all talented players, players who do deserve first team football, but United simply isn't the right fit. I'm 100% behind the idea that they leave United with the best of luck from the Old Trafford faithful. Good luck to Welbeck and Co. in the future.
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