Welbeck was allowed to leave United due to this wonderkid's potential - report

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Manchester United allowed Danny Welbeck to leave the club to join Arsenal because they feel James Wilson had greater potential for the future.

Manchester United allowed Danny Welbeck to leave as Louis Van Gaal believes that James Wilson has a brighter future than him, the Guardian report.

Welbeck completed a move to Arsenal on deadline day for £16 million and it was a transfer which shocked most around the club.

The 23-year-old had progressed from youth-teamer to first-team star at Old Trafford, but was deemed surplus to Van Gaal's requirements because of Wilson's potential.

Wilson has been scoring with an alarming regularity at youth and reserve for United and it seems that he has done enough in training to convince their new Dutch manager that he can be their bright hope for the future. 

The 18-year-old scored twice on his Premier League debut last season, but he is yet to make a league appearance under the new boss - although he did come off the substitutes' bench in a 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup. 

There is a strong feeling around Old Trafford that the striker, who is renowned for his pace and finishing ability, can go on to replace Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in the long-term, as both strikers edge towards the twilight of their careers.

Still, it is a vote of confidence that they should pick him ahead of Welbeck in the pecking order. 

Welbeck has regularly been utilised as a winger during his time at Old Trafford and, as a result, his goalscoring record appears unremarkable, but many felt once he was given the responsibility of leading the line he would thrive. 

Van Gaal apparently wasn't of the same opinion, though, and now Welbeck will spearhead the attack at United's Champions League rivals, Arsenal, instead.

It remains to be seen whether it will turn out to be the correct decision, but there is now a huge amount of expectation riding on Wilson's shoulders and the hot prospect will have to fulfil all his promise if he is to prove his manager right.

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