Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal has disclosed the reason why he sold Danny Welbeck to Premier League rivals Arsenal – “he did not score enough goals.”
According to BBC Sport the Dutchman revealed that Welbeck just was not matching the quality of the strikers around him.
“He played three seasons for the first team, but he doesn’t have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney. And that is the standard,” Van Gaal said.
“That is why we let him go, because of Falcao, but also to allow the youngsters to fit in. That is the policy. That is why I am here.”
Whilst Welbeck was never given the chance to prove his worth as an out and out striker who played through the middle, United fans may be a little worried after seeing their former player bag two goals for England in midweek against Switzerland.
A player with pace, power and an eye for goal, could his move to Arsenal stoke up potential for Welbeck to grow as a player and grow as a goalscorer? With the comments of Van Gaal lingering on the shoulders of Welbeck, “he did not score enough goals”, will that be all the motivation he needs to prove his doubters wrong?
With United bringing in the likes of Falcao to accompany Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria; it appeared that the front line was outgrowing the name of Welbeck, a youth prodigy from Manchester.
A player who thrives off confidence; can Arsenal and Arsene Wenger help utilise his confidence and turn that into goals? Will Van Gaal be regretting his decision to let Welbeck go?