Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has defended his decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal in the summer of 2014, according to ESPN.
Van Gaal deemed Welbeck surplus to requirements and allowed the England international to move to Premier League rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day.
The same day United signed Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal.
Neither Falcao nor Welbeck is having a particularly great season, but the latter is making all the headlines at the moment thanks to his heroics on Monday.
The 24-year-old scored the winning goal in the FA Cup quarter-final tie between United and Arsenal at Old Trafford, finding the target from close range just past the hour mark for a 2-1 victory for the Gunners.
Falcao was on the substitutes’ bench for the entire 90 minutes having struggled with poor form recently, but Van Gaal has insisted that he has no regrets over selling Welbeck.
"Yes," ESPN quotes the Dutchman as saying when asked in a press conference if his decision over Welbeck was correct.
"Also a player [scores] a lot of times against the club who he was playing for because he shall be very motivated but I think we gave that goal [away].”
It is easy now to criticise Van Gaal’s decision to sell Welbeck, especially as the striker scored the goal that knocked United out of the FA Cup.
However, at the time it was certainly a very logical decision. While the Englishman had struggled to score goals regularly and had failed to show that he can be world class, Falcao was a proven goalscorer who had fully recovered from his knee problems.
As the season has progressed, though, Falcao has struggled with fitness and form, but Van Gaal could not have foreseen that.