New Delhi: requireWhen Louis van Gaal found Danny Welbeck surplus to his ments at Old Trafford, the forward received support from several quarters, probably out of emotion.
Welbeck's love for United is well-document. He was a fan first and player later. However, Van Gaal was professional and ruthless in his assessment and completed Danny's sale to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.
His reason for letting go a product of United's youth system to a rival club was simple – Welbeck was just not good enough. Undoubtedly, numbers and stats would back Van Gaal's case. Emotional fans didn't care about that. They just didn't want one of their own to wear anything other than United's red.
As the Red Devils made the trip to North London, Welbeck probably had his best chance to teach the 'arrogant' United manager a lesson in football management. After watching the early moments of the same, Van Gaal probably thought he'd have some tough questions to answer regarding the England forward.
Danny started brightly and looked the most likely to break the deadlock. He troubled United's young duo of McNair and Blackett, who knew they were in for a very tough night with Welbeck's pace and power.
He shot several times on goal – without power or accuracy. He then headed a cross in an attempt to beat De Gea, but could not even test him. Just like in his time at United, Welbeck harried defenders, chased down every ball, gave his all but failed to score. The knack of being at the right place at the right time, that is so vital for strikers, seems to be still missing from his overall game.
After United went ahead through a Gibson own-goal, Welbeck's former striker partner and England teammate Wayne Rooney showed the youngster how is is exactly done when he scored United's second. Di Maria set the England skipper through on goal, who displayed world-class skill to dink over the keeper by retaining his composure. Easy as you like.
On the evidence of this match, Van Gaal would feel he stand vindicated about selling Welbeck. Despite Robin van Perise's poor form and Radamel Falcao's injury, Rooney's ability justified why exactly he was given the club captain's arm-band by Van Gaal.
Welbeck missed a great opportunity especially since he was the cynosure of all eyes to show Manchester United has indeed made a blunder by selling him. However, did performed exactly how Van Gaal wanted him to – doing everything except scoring, a bit like his current employers.