Louis van Gaal: Why I let Danny Welbeck leave Man United for Arsenal

Louis van Gaal says Danny Welbeck's record in front of goal was why he let the striker leave Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal says that Danny Welbeck’s record in front of goal was the reason why Manchester United were willing to sell the striker to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Welbeck, who is a product of United’s youth system, signed a five-year deal with the Gunners last week after being deemed surplus to requirements by Van Gaal.

He doesn’t have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney

Louis van Gaal

The 23-year-old England international netted 29 goals in 142 games for United – and Van Gaal says that his not-so-prolific record was the reason he was willing to let him go.

“I have given all the players a chance to convince me of their qualities,” Van Gaal said.

“When you ask about Danny Welbeck, Danny is here already, from the age of nine, and he played for three seasons at United after Sunderland.

“But he doesn’t have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney and that is the standard. That is why we let him go because of Radamel Falcao, but also the youngsters who can fit in.”

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