Louis van Gaal explains why Man United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal
Louis van Gaal isn't surprised by Danny Welbeck's form for Arsenal
Louis van Gaal says he is happy to see Danny Welbeck playing on a regular basis at Arsenal.
The Manchester United manager made the controversial decision to sell Welbeck to the club’s bitter rivals in a £16m deal on transfer deadline day in September.
The England international has impressed without being spectacular at the north London side, scoring five goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.
He was an Arsenal player – it’s the football world
Louis van Gaal
And United boss Van Gaal, whose side face Arsene Wenger’s men at The Emirates on Saturday, isn’t surprised to see Welbeck flourishing at the Gunners.
“A player (Welbeck) who plays in a fixed position in a team develops better,” Van Gaal told his pre-match media conference.
“So he takes all the benefit that he plays every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. So it’s very good to see him doing what I thought.”
Van Gaal played down the significance of ex-Arsenal captain Robin van Persie facing his former side at The Emirates this weekend.
“He was an Arsenal player – it’s the football world. He has scored also three times, I have heard – I didn’t know that – already against Arsenal as a Manchester United player. That’s life, believe me.”
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