New Delhi: Manchester United's sale of home-grown talented forward Danny Welbeck, to rivals Arsenal have not gone well with former United players and staff. Welbeck who was in Manchester since the age of seven, had come up through the ranks to be a member of the first team. Welbeck was touted to be a future of the club and carry on United's success in producing promising home talent. But his move to London has seen many former players questioning the move and the latest of them was Rio Ferdinand.
Welbeck's move presents a broken philosophy that United possessed under Sir Alex Ferguson. Academy graduate Welbeck sealed a GBP 16million move to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day after Louis van Gaal deemed the England international to be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand has since questioned Van Gaal's decision to cash in on Welbeck - who he feels was frustrated at Manchester United as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were always ahead of him in the pecking order. He stated that the decision shocked him and it is a move that could hurt United.
The signing of Colombian international, Radamel Falcao on loan meant Welbeck's career at United was over. Earlier, former club legends such as David Beckham and Paul Scholes lashed out at the club for letting Welbeck go. Scholes had said that he had seen Welbeck as a future star for United. Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant, Mike Phelan, too had questioned the move. Phelan felt that United’s long and proud tradition of developing home-grown talent was broken.
United are famed for the Busby Babes and the Class of ‘92 and Phelan felt the that link has been lost. United have spent big this summer, but mostly on foreign talent. Angel Di Maria, Falcao, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have all arrived, along with young England international Luke Shaw.
Meanwhile, English youngsters Tom Cleverley, Tom Lawrence, Michael Keane, Wilfried Zaha and Nick Powell all joined Welbeck in leaving Old Trafford, either permanently or on loan.
United host Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in the Premier League on 14th September.