Louis Van Gaal had a busy deadline day as expected and it involved saying goodbye to two fan favourites at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal, and Danny Welbeck moved south to sign a permanent deal with Arsenal.
Both players have always given their all for the club, and they can always be relied upon. Hernandez never quite established himself as a consistent first-team starter but Welbeck became a regular for club and country. His hard work was appreciated by the fans and you could tell that playing for his hometown club meant so much to him.
Born in Longsight, Welbeck was spotted playing for his local side Fletcher Moss aged 8, and linked up with the Manchester United academy. Welbeck grew up at a time when the Class of '92 were at their peak winning countless trophies for the club. At that time there was a really close connection with the club and the city due to the fact so many of their key players had been brought through the academy, and from the local area.
Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley are the remaining first-team players to have come through the academy and make a mark on the first-team squad. Although others were handed a chance in pre-season, the latest signings are likely to push them down the pecking order.
Welbeck had a connection with the fans because they knew he was brought up down the road from 'The Theatre of Dreams' and you can't beat watching a local lad pull on your club's shirt. The fans are proud of locally produced talent and it is a shame that the connection will no longer be there. Instead Welbeck will be turning out for their rivals from now on.
Without Welbeck, the United squad is now akin to their fan base, with it being made up of people from all over the world and a limited local affinity. For the Manchester based fans they will be devastated to see the 24-year-old go. He loved playing for the club, that was clear to see, and no one can play with the same passion for United as a fan, and a Manchester boy. It's not something that can be taught, and Van Gaal will no set about showing his identity through the team selections.
The Manchester baton now falls to Tyler Blackett, who has already featured in Van Gaal's plans this season and will hope to become the city's next superstar.