Manchester United legend Gary Neville has voiced his struggle to understand the club’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal in conversation with Talksport.
It’s true that the fee recouped from his purchasers was not exorbitant; but there are numerous reasons that letting him go was the right thing to do, of which five are outlined below.
They’ve replaced him with Radamel Falcao.
Prior to a bizarre career sojourn in Monaco, only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were held in higher esteem among the planet’s elite goalscorers than the Colombian.
Over the past three completed campaigns he’s notched 81 times in 110 games, a total dwarfing the United youth product’s 24 strikes in 114.
The ‘28-year-old’ is 7/20 to beat the Arsenal acquisition in a Premier League goals match bet this term, with his opponent an 11/4 underdog.
He’s scored twice in the league against top-four foes since arriving in the first team picture.
Welbeck will no doubt have his backers when the opportunity comes to open his account for Arsenal at the first time of asking at 2/1.
Yet his record against foes Manchester City in a United shirt was one goal in eight outings, a statistic indicative of a more general lack of goal threat against the most deadly domestic foes.
His lowly place in the Old Trafford attacking order was set in stone.
Despite being in and around the first-team reckoning at United for three successive seasons, the England man failed to convince three consecutive gaffers he had what it took to be United’s number one line-leader.
There’s no place for a hard-working wideman in Louis van Gaal’s 3-4-3 system.
As is well known, the 23-year-old has been used most often as a winger at Old Trafford, so it’s no surprise to see him follow Wilfried Zaha and Nani out of the club.
Allowing Welbeck to further his development is the decent thing to do.
Lastly allowing a player who has always given his all on the way up the ranks at United to do what’s best for his career is the classy way to address his need for games.