Rio Ferdinand 'disappointed' with United, implies Arsenal could haunt them

Manchester United's decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal could be one that comes back to haunt them, should Arsene Wenger do one thing…

England international Danny Welbeck has found a new lease of life at Arsenal.

Pushed farther away from first-team football at erstwhile employer Manchester United due to the arrivals of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, Welbeck transferred to the Gunners in a £16 million deal.

A long-term injury to Olivier Giroud has thrust Welbeck into first-team football up front - a position he no doubt prefers - and for his former team-mate, Rio Ferdinand, should the striker continue to receive chances in a centre forward position then his switch down south could come back to haunt United.

"I was surprised [at the transfer]," conceded Ferdinand, himself a United departure from the summer as the centre back now lines up for Queens Park Rangers.

"[It's] gutting really," Rio added. "He's a local lad and has come through from the Under-8s. For him to leave was a little bit disappointing. I don't think we've seen the best of Danny. He's still got a lot more in him."

Welbeck only sporadically featured as a striker for United and would oft be shunted out wide, where he still performed admirably.

In two Premier League appearances for Arsenal, Welbeck has already returned a 91% pass completion rate, has won five headers, taken 4.5 shots per game, provided two key passes, one assist and scored one goal.

"I hope the Arsenal manager gives him the chance to be that responsible front man he wants to be," Ferdinand said. "I'm sure you'll see him flourish."

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