Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has declared in his press conference yesterday that new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck has never done enough to convince him that he was good enough to keep a place in the Old Trafford club’s squad going forward, as reported by the Daily Express.
With Welbeck having scored two goals for England on Monday, many have questioned the logic of Van Gaal allowing a homegrown youngster to depart the club for what is thought to be a cut price fee, £16 million. Welbeck’s brace against Switzerland gave England a 2-0 win in their first Euro 2016 qualifying match.
He also joined a side that would be considered to be a direct rival to Man Utd for a Champions League place, Arsenal.
There has been criticism from a series of Man Utd luminaries, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville questioning the club’s transfer policy during the most recent window. Ferdinand, who faces them with QPR this weekend, went as far as to brand the club as “mad”.
Van Gaal, however, said: “I’ve given all the players the chance to convince me of their qualities.
“When you ask about Danny Welbeck, he was here from when he was nine and after Sunderland, he plays three seasons at Manchester United but he doesn’t have the record of Van Persie or Rooney and that’s the standard.
“That’s why we let him go.