Following the sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal last week, Louis Van Gaal had come under fire from pundits and Manchester United fans believing it was a huge mistake to let him go. Not just for footballing reasons, but also because of his affinity to the Manchester area.
Furthermore Arsenal are one of their rivals for a top four place, and the decision could seriously backfire on Van Gaal. Of course Manchester United did bring in Radamel Falcao in his place and there is a real buzz around Old Trafford as fans look forward to seeing him in action, but there is still a sense of disappointment that they won't be seeing Welbeck in a United shirt again.
In his press conference ahead of this weekend's match between the two clubs Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp backed Van Gaal over his decision to let Welbeck leave. "Van Gaal has decided that if he is to bring Radamel Falcao in then Danny Welbeck is not going to play and Arsenal have bought a very good player. But it is the manager's decision and he has got more right than wrong so who can criticise him?"
Van Gaal isn't one to let sentiment and other people's opinions get in the way of his decisions and this is a sign of things to come. Sir Alex Ferguson also made bold decisions during his tenure and Redknapp has likened this situation to when Fergie sold off a few fan favourites.
"Sir Alex Ferguson let players like Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy go. You have to make decisions in this job."
Sunday's match between Manchester United and QPR will see Rio Ferdinand make an emotional return to Old Trafford whilst eyes will also be on Van Gaal's latest recruits.