Rio Ferdinand has criticised Louis van Gaal for offloading both Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez during his time at Manchester United.
The Dutchman sold Welbeck to Arsenal back in 2014, noting that the Englishman’s goal record was nowhere near the standard required at Old Trafford.
He sent Chicharito to Real Madrid on loan earlier that same day and ultimately sold him to Bayer Leverkusen a year later; the Mexican has gone on to net 38 goals for the German side.
And Ferdinand, speaking earlier this week, noted that selling the aforementioned pair was a massive mistake.
“I just look at the team and I just think it is so disappointing,” he said.
“You could have Chicharito [Javier Hernandez, who’s now at Bayer Leverkusen], Danny Welbeck [now at Arsenal] and Rashford.
“Could you imagine? As a defender, I am sitting here thinking ‘there is no rest’.”
My bio for this page was written almost two years ago, but yes, I am still very much mourning the loss of Welbeck to Arsenal. He was my favourite player by a distance: homegrown, completely and utterly committed to the cause, capable of galvanising his side’s attacking frontier through sheer draft and determination, whilst also delivering the occasional moment of magic.
Heading into the 2014/15 campaign it felt as if he would only improve, perhaps refining his often critiqued potency in front of goal, but van Gaal sold him. Just like that. Sold him without any warning. And not just to anybody – but to Arsenal, a cancerous, vitriolic club that could never love him as much as I did.
You can take your pick when it comes to choosing the worst moment of the Dutchman’s time at Old Trafford: for me, it was that. You broke my heart, Louis, you evil, jobless man.
Thinking more practically, however, it is perhaps more painful that Hernandez was also told to pack his bags back in 2015. Just think: how many missed chances this season would have been gobbled up by the Little Pea?