Manchester United manager claims Danny Welbeck not good enough
Louis van Gaal believes it was right to sell Welbeck to Arsenal on transfer deadline day
September 12th, 2014
Never mind Radamel Falcao, the British media attention this week has been focused solely on Danny Welbeck, with Arsenal’s latest signing scoring twice for England and set to make his Gunners debut on Saturday.
Several former Manchester United players have claimed it was wrong for the Red Devils to sell Welbeck to the Gunners, with Gary Neville claiming the sale confused him on several levels, not least the cheap price tag of £16 million.
However, Louis van Gaal has spoken out about the transfer and claims that he had seen enough of Welbeck to convince him that the England international should be moved on, with Falcao arriving on a season-long loan.
“I have given all the players a chance to convince me of their qualities,” Van Gaal said. “Yes, Danny Welbeck was here from when he was nine. He has played, after [his 2010-11 loan at] Sunderland, three seasons at Manchester United 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 Falcao but also the youngsters who can fit in.
“We spoke with Danny Welbeck and also Chicharito before there was the chance we could get Falcao. We have to be fair about that because, for example, I see in that part [of the pitch] we have a lot of youth that can fit in. That is the policy and that is why I am here – to do that transformation, in this new process.
“When you can hire or buy a player like Falcao I don’t have doubts because he is one of the best strikers in the world and when you see his record it is unbelievable.”