Danny Welbeck loves Manchester United. United fans loved him until deadline day this year when he sealed a £16m move to old rivals Arsenal. Reports claimed Louis Van Gaal had told Welbeck he would be United’s fifth choice striker after the arrival of Radamel Falcao and the uprise of youngster James Wilson, hence why Welbeck wanted to leave.
It was definitely a sad sight for United fans to see Welbeck go. One of the few local lads left in the side, he had scored some huge goals for the Reds. A header at the Bernabeu, a volley at the Etihad and even a winner at The Emirates.
He always gave his all on the pitch and it was obvious just how much the club meant to him. But at the end of the day, he had to do what was best for his career. Welbeck is now 24 and is starting to flourish for both club and country. Some feel he is finally realising his potential.
But was Van Gaal right to let him go?
Given Radamel Falcao’s injury-ridden start to his United career and his preference to play Wayne Rooney in a midfield role, Robin van Persie is the only United striker to have had a stable start to the season. The Dutchman hasn’t set the world alight like he did in his debut season and some United fans feel Welbeck could still have played an important role this season.
Welbeck rarely played in his favourite position for United, up front around the box scoring goals. At Arsenal, he is being given that opportunity and has grasped it. The truth is, he was better off going somewhere where he was going to get consistent game time coming up towards the peak of his career.
United fans pride their team on the fact that they bring through local talent and have done for many years. Is this a case of United almost ‘selling their soul?’ Absolutely not. The fans need to, and surely will, understand that both parties did what was best for them. Emotion had to be taken out of the equation and, when it is, it is obvious that both United and Welbeck have got what they wanted.