Welbeck was eight-years-old when he joined Man United’s academy in 2001 but he was sold by van Gaal on deadline day last year following the acquisition of Falcao.
Both players have struggled at their new clubs but Welbeck settled the FA Cup quarter-final meeting between the two sides earlier this week by netting a late winner.
Despite that goal, van Gaal has no regrets about selling Welbeck and is happy with Falcao’s contribution at United this season.
When asked about Welbeck and Falcao, van Gaal said: “He (Falcao) has scored four goals, had three or four assists and he stimulates the other players, so that is an aspect of the profession. But it is now easy for you [the journalist] to say that and you are happy to say that.”
Welbeck’s goal was a dagger to the heart for United fans as he had previously devoted his entire career to the club.
The Englishman established himself as a firm favourite at Old Trafford after breaking through into the first-team in 2008 but a record of 29 goals in 142 appearances wasn’t deemed good enough by van Gaal. Welbeck was told he was United’s fifth choice striker behind James Wilson which eventually convinced him to move to London.