Louis van Gaal has explained his logic behind selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal this summer.
The Dutchman doesn’t feel that Welbeck’s goalscoring record was up to Manchester United’s standards and made it clear he would not have played the 23-year-old ahead of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.
With 29 goals in 142 appearances, Welbeck never had the goalscoring record of his United counterparts but as he was largely played out on the wing, the statistics don’t paint the full picture.
Despite that, Van Gaal was cut-throat in his assessment: “Welbeck played for three years at Manchester United after his Sunderland loan but he doesn’t have a Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney record. He didn’t have the standard.”
Van Gaal’s critique of Welbeck is very much of an outsider coming into Old Trafford. Welbeck’s value to United and their fans was not simply about goals, he was much more than that as an individual. However, Van Gaal refused to look past the numbers when comparing him to United’s other strikers.
Some United fans will feel it is an unfair judgement on Welbeck but the fact remains that this is now Van Gaal’s United side and things have already started to change.