Michael Owen: How Danny Welbeck's departure could leave Manchester United spending big money

Michael Owen

Nine months on and Michael Owen still believes Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will have to spend big money to fill the void left by Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

Michael Owen was critical of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in his latest interview with ESPN, claiming the Dutchman’s side still lacked identity.

After indicating the midfield was disorganised, he set about the current United frontline and said the loss of Danny Welbeck up front left a ‘huge void’.

‘’They are going to have some issues in the striking position,’’ Owen is quoted as saying by ESPN. ‘’Falcao has gone. Robin van Persie is on the wane and then what? Wayne Rooney is a reliable goal threat, but he is not going to be around forever.

‘’They have left a huge void up front after letting Danny Welbeck go. You quickly realise they need to spend a whole lot more to compete and they have already spent a lot since Van Gaal arrived.’’

It isn’t the first time the former England striker has been complimentary of Welbeck and last September dubbed him as potentially the best signing of the summer, as reported in the Telegraph.

Although few can now argue that to be the case, it hasn’t been the worse debut season for the 24-year-old.

In October, he netted a hat-trick in the Champions League and began the season in very good form – performing excellently for both club and country.

As the season has progressed, he perhaps hasn’t hit the back of the net as much as he would have liked and will no doubt be disappointed not to build on his early season form.

The ex-Preston North End loanee scored just one goal, incidentally coming against United, after the New Year for Arsenal and ultimately found time out on the pitch harder and harder to come by.

United certainly need to add strikers to their squad this summer and given their early movements in the transfer window that looks highly likely. However, given his form over the past six months, few would argue that Van Gaal was proven right in moving Welbeck on in search of a better option.

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