Richard Keys says crazy Arsenal to Manchester United transfer began downfall

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Richard Keys says Manchester United should never have sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.

Manchester United are facing a moment of self-reflection after crashing out of the Champions League - but plenty of others are willing to chime in too.

Former players were queuing up to lambast their failure mid week, with manager Louis van Gaal bearing the brunt of the blame as opposed to the players.

Former SkySports presenter Richard Keys was another to express his opinion via his blog, and interesting brought the discussion back to one of Louis van Gaal's first decisions as boss.

He reflected on the decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal as ludicrous, arguing it was a choice which never should have been made.

He said: "The fact United aren't scoring goals is his [Van Gaal's] fault. It's the playing style allied to the fact that he left himself woefully short of forward options last summer.

"You can't let as many forwards leave as he did and then complain that you haven't got enough. Go right back to the decision to sell Danny Welbeck.

"Why? And why to one of your rivals? Let him go out on loan - maybe, thereby ensuring that you get him back. That was crazy business."

Van Gaal had discarded Welbeck from his plans, after signing Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.

The signing of the Colombian was viewed as a spectacular capture at the time, but it could not have panned out worse, with the striker failing to recapture his pre-injury form, and is no longer at the club.

Only the fact Danny Welbeck has missed the entire season through injury at Arsenal this campaign so far is preventing it looking like even more of an own goal, just like selling Javier Hernandez is also proving to be.

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