Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich says Louis van Gaal has done Danny Welbeck a favour in opting to sell him to Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Welbeck, 23, came up through the Old Trafford ranks to score 29 goals in 142 games following his first-team debut in 2008, but was deemed surplus to requirements under the new manager this summer.
With the loan signing of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao preceding his £16 million switch to the Emirates, Bosnich believes the move was the best thing for both the striker and the club, given how first-team minutes would have been sparse going forward.
‘From Danny Welbeck’s point of view, it’s the perfect move, when you look at the players he was in contention with at Manchester United,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘Man United have been very good. They could have been selfish and said, “you’re not going anywhere, just in case we get injuries.”
‘That would have limited his playing time and that would have affected his chances with England.
‘I think they’ve done the right thing by the player. They have also been very honest and said, "we’ve got Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Your chances are going to be limited because of the way I’m going to play". It’s being very fair to Welbeck.
‘From the club’s aspect, as well, he was the most sellable asset.’
Set to lead the line for Arsene Wenger’s side over the next few months with Olivier Giroud out injured, Welbeck now has a prime chance to prove that the move was both a good one for him and a mistake on United’s part.