Former England captain Terry Butcher has claimed that Manchester United will regret selling Danny Welbeck to rivals Arsenal.
Welbeck sealed a deadline day move to the Gunners in a deal worth £16 million and Butcher feels that United will miss the 23-year-old striker who scored twice as England beat beat Switzerland 2-0 last night. Speaking to TalkSport, Butcher said the following:
“Man United will regret selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. He’s got blistering pace, is a good team player and finishes very well.
“The way Arsenal play, and the chances they’ll give him, will make Man United regret their decision. He’s enjoying his football at the moment. Arsene Wenger must be purring because it is a superb piece of business.”
Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut against Premier League champions Manchester City. The 23-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis Van Gaal but with Oliver Giroud out through injury, Welbeck is set to play in his favored central striking position for the Gunners.
Following Welbeck’s double last night the much maligned striker has now scored 10 goals in 28 appearances for the Three Lions. It is now up to the 23-year-old to score the goals that the Gunners desperately need after a disappointing start for Arsenal who have 5 points out of a possible 9.
The Arsenal striker now has averaged a goal every 171 minutes for England, which is a more impressive strike rate than both Wayne Rooney and England legend Alan Shearer.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was another player to question Van Gaal’s decision to sell the young striker when he spoke to the Sun.
“I cannot believe United let Danny go, especially to Arsenal. That seems mad to me.
“He’s a real threat to defenders and, if Arsenal use him right, he will be very dangerous for them. I think he felt frustrated at United because, even if he did well, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney would be ahead of him. I do wonder if they will live to regret not keeping Danny.