Manchester United’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for a reported transfer fee of £16 million on transfer deadline day has come under scrutiny.
The England international striker’s future at Old Trafford had been cast into doubt since the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the Red Devils’ manager back in May.
But still the 23-year-old’s departure from United to their Premier League rivals came as a surprise, with many pundits and fans asking whether it was the right decision from the Manchester outfit.
United legend Phil Neville has now joined in the debate, telling former England national cricket team captain Michael Vaughan that he would not have sold Welbeck.
Nevertheless, United’s decision to sell Welbeck is understandable. The Englishman could score just 29 goals in 142 Premier League matches - although he was often not played as a striker but out wide.
Moreover, the arrival of Colombian star Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day meant that chances for Welbeck this season would have been severely limited.
Perhaps it was best for Welbeck that United sold him to Arsenal.