Gary Neville unhappy Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal

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Gary Neville has become the latest Manchester United legend to question Louis van Gaal's decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.

The striker completed a £16 million deadline day move to the Emirates Stadium after being told he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Radamel Falcao was brought in on a season long loan, effectively pushing Welbeck out of the door.

Strange transfer

Having scored a brace for England against Switzerland this week, Van Gaal is already being criticised for his decision. Neville has become the latest Manchester United legend to join the ranks.

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He told talkSPORT: "I can't work it out, honestly. Of all the prices that have been paid this summer.

"Obviously I've been working with him last week, and I'm thinking, '£16m?'

"There have been left backs and right backs bought galore for £15m, £14m, £13m.

"I'm thinking, 'how have they got him for £16m?' I can't work it out to this day. It's a strange one.

"It really does feel strange that you've got a centre forward, and actually it's helped out a competitor."

Plenty of support

Neville, who was part of the famous 'Class of 92' team at Old Trafford is not alone in his thoughts. Mike Phelan, who assisted Alex Ferguson, said selling Welbeck cost Manchester United a large part of their identity while David Beckham and Paul Scholes have also backed Welbeck to be a success in north London.

Even Ryan Giggs admitted he was sad to see Welbeck leave Old Trafford despite the fact he is current assistant to Van Gaal. The legends are only echoing what the majority of Manchester United fans are saying.

Direct rival

The deal seems even more strange after Ed Woodward declared Manchester United have based their budget around finishing third in the Premier League this season. With Chelsea and Manchester City looking set to fight it out for the title, Arsenal are favourites to take the third place spot.

After being allowed to sign Welbeck, Arsenal's chances of sealing the spot are now even greater, according to the former right-back.

Neville said: "Someone that you're probably vying with for those third and fourth spots this season. I think probably Manchester City and Chelsea will be one and two.

"I'm struggling to see the logic behind the deal in two or three ways to be honest with you."

Debut looming

Manchester United fans won't mind seeing the 23-year-old score a few on his Arsenal debut this weekend. Welbeck is likely to start up front for Arsenal as Manchester City travel to the Emirates Stadium.

United fans will be forgiven for celebrating should the Manchester local score against their biggest rivals.

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