Gary Neville: Manchester United made a mistake selling Danny Welbeck

Gary Neville: Manchester United made a mistake selling Danny Welbeck

Manchester United legend Gary Neville still feels the club should have never sold Danny Welbeck as he would have given the team an extra dynamic.

Welbeck was sold to Arsenal on deadline day last year after Louis van Gaal told him he was United’s fifth choice striker after the acquisition of Radamel Falcao.

So far this season, Falcao has struggled at Old Trafford with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and James Wilson also suffering from indifferent campaigns.

Neville insists Welbeck should never have been let go as he could have provided United a different option up front.

Speaking about Welbeck, Neville said: “I said at the time that I thought Danny Welbeck should have stayed at United. I still believe that now.

“The idea that when you have a four-man strike-force, you need different types – it’s been proven in the last few months that Manchester United have needed a striker who will run in behind.

“The idea that he doesn’t score as many goals as Rooney, Falcao and Van Persie is a non-argument as far as I’m concerned, because you need all different types (of strikers).

“For me, Danny Welbeck provided a different option for Manchester United in terms of stretching defences, something they have lacked in these last two or three months.”

Welbeck was a fans’ favourite at United given the fact he had risen through the ranks at the club but he never really scored enough to cement a regular place in the starting XI.

Instead, Welbeck often found himself on the left wing in order to fulfil defensive duties. This trend has continued for him at Arsenal and he has scored just four league goals this season.

With Falcao benched for last weekend’s defeat at Swansea City, van Persie injured and James Wilson languishing in the U21s, Neville is right that United could have certainly used Welbeck against Sunderland on Saturday.

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