New Delhi: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, gave his explaination on Friday on why Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal on transfer deadline day. He said that the England international was below the standards required at Old Trafford and there were younger players waiting to come through who had the potential to make more of themselves.
Van Gaal said the club had spoken before hand to Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. He also stated that all the players had been given chances to impress. The decision to let Welbeck go had been made before it became apparent United could bring in a proven world class striker in Radamel Falcao on a loan deal from Monaco.
Van Gaal cited Welbeck's goal record didn't match the tally of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
"He played three seasons for the first team, but he doesn't have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney. And that is the standard," Van Gaal said.
Welbeck joined the likes of Bebe, Tom Lawrence and Fredrico Macheda, who were sold earlier in the summer. Javier Hernandez, Angelo Henriquez were loaned out.
Welbeck, scored 29 goals from 142 games for United and was sold to Arsenal for £16m on transfer deadline day. Welbeck's international team-mate Rooney, 28, has scored 217 goals for United in 445 matches, while Dutchman van Persie, 31, has hit 48 in 78 games.
The Dutchman who is regarded as a coach for giving young players chances in the first team has given United's home-grown players such as Tyler Blackket, Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane chances in the team so far. Another youngster James Wilson is touted to be drafted into the first team squad and will fight for a place with the senior forwards.
Van Gaal also suggested that there is a plenty of opportunities for the youngsters to step in and take their chances. He also praised Radamel Falcao and hoped the Colombian will help them reach newer heights.
On Thursday, assistant manager Ryan Giggs said United will carry on the policy of investment in youth and they won't break the philosophy of United.
Earlier, former club legends Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville had lashed out at United for letting Welbeck leave. Alex Ferguson's assistant, Mike Phelan too had criticised United's transfer policy.
Van Gaal is still winless at United so far as the club face Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in the Premier League campaign on Sunday.