Danny Welbeck offered option to leave United by Louis van Gaal

Updated: Aug 23, 2014, 00:43 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly

New Delhi: Media reports in England suggest Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has been told by new manager Louis van Gaal that he can leave the club.

With that, the Dutchman has placed the ball firmly in the court of the striker. The 23-year-old has 2 years remaining on his current deal.

It is a well-known fact that Van Gaal was bound to have problems accommodating all his strikers in his preferred 3-5-2 formation.

However, Javier Hernandez had made it clear that he would not prolong his Old Trafford stay if not provided regular first team action.

Hence with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie occupying the two slots, it was up to the manager to either release Hernandez or give Welbeck the option to leave.

Van Gaal was quoted by the Guardian saying: “I know what I said to Danny and Danny knows exactly what I said to him. I assume that Danny Welbeck is not saying anything about our conversation and also in that conversation was Ryan Giggs and he doesn’t say either, and that is the way it should be.”

If the England international decides to leave, the Dutch manager could promote James Wilson to the senior team. Last week, it was reported that Hull City would be launching an audacious bid to land the Manchester lad to Humberside.

Danny Welbeck is a product of United`s youth system. He has often been played out of position by Sir Alex Ferguson and burdened with more defensive duties in big games, which is why his admirers feel he has not been given enough chances to prove himself.

The youngster is now faced with a very tough decision – be a squad member at the club he has loved ever since his childhood or opt for greener pastures for the sake of his career?