Redknapp defends Man United’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp defends Louis van Gaal's decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal
Harry Redknapp has defended Manchester United’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.
The 23-year-old striker completed a controversial £16m move to Arsenal before the transfer deadline earlier this month, much to the dismay of former United players such as Gary Neville.
He’s got more decisions right than he has got wrong, that’s why he has been at the top for so long
Welbeck, who scored twice as England were 2-0 winners in Switzerland on Monday night, was deemed surplus to requirements at United following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan.
But Queens Park Rangers manager Redknapp pointed out that Louis van Gaal has a good record of getting the key decisions right throughout his career.
“They’ve looked at the situation and decided to bring Falcao in,” said Redknapp ahead of QPR’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.
“Welbeck isn’t going to play and Arsenal have bought a very good player. But that is the position of the manager of United – that is what he does for a living and does well.
“It is his decision. He’s got more decisions right than he has got wrong, that’s why he has been at the top for so long.”
Asked if Sir Alex Ferguson would have allowed Welbeck to leave United, Redknapp replied: “He did let players go before, Sir Alex has let players go.
“People say how has he let Jaap Stam go, how did he let Ruud van Nistelrooy go… They are decisions you make as a manager.
“If you get most of them right, you stay in positions for long periods. If you don’t get many right, you don’t last long. You have to make decisions. Everyone can second guess after.”