Former Manchester United and England great, David Beckham has condemned the decision which saw vibrant Manchester United forward, Danny Welbeck switch from the Old Trafford home of the Red Devils to the Emirates the London home of the North London club, Arsenal. The deal took all bookmakers including the likes of MorningBet by surprise and has angered the former England internaitonal.
Reports say the former England Captain, Beckham was surprised about the 23-year-old’s transfer away from Manchester that he seemed to have questioned the direction of the Louis Van Gaal-led Manchester United regime. Beckham, speaking about Welbeck said: ‘‘Arsenal have a very good, young talented English player. To see him leave Manchester United is sad. He had been there since he was eight and his heart was in Manchester.’’ The concern expressed by the former England midfielder is very understandable coming from a veteran that knows what developing football means from a youth policy approach.
David Beckham, who together with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers (Phil and Gary) grew up from the Manchester United academies from very tender ages similar to when Welbeck started, has every reason to complain about the young player’s sale to a rival club. Beckham as well as the above mentioned retired footballers formed a dominating and successful era under Alex Ferguson which was attributed to the strength of their cohesion as a result of over a decade of playing together. Therefore, it wouldn’t be hard to see that the direction he understands as the tradition of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson is going astray under the team management of Dutch coach, Louis Van Gaal. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, youngsters from the youth system are slowly integrated into the senior team and they never toy with their development. But now, Louis Van Gaal has sold a 23-year-old Danny Welbeck, who has the prospect of rising to an intimidating height in world football and Beckham sees that as a wrong move by the Dutch tactician.
Danny Welbeck was secured by Arsenal in a reported £16m permanent deal and was replaced by 28-year-old Radamel Falcao on a season long loan deal from Monaco. Danny Welbeck has scored 20 times in 90 appearances for Manchester United and 19 times in 61 caps for England at the U17, 18, 19, 21 and the three Lions of England. The 6ft. 1in. player, who can also play as a winger, played at Preston North End and Sunderland in his developmental years under Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. His sterling qualities have not gone unnoticed by other big clubs in England as he was reportedly being courted by Everton, in a bid to replace Romelo Lukaku, who was thought injured. But he was strongly said to be on Arsenal’s radar as the need arose for an out and out striker at the Emirates Stadium following Olivier Giroud’s injury.
While David Beckham and some Manchester United followers mourn the departure of Danny Welbeck, the teeming Arsenal fans would take the solace of not getting one of Marco Reus, Edison Cavani and Radamel Falcao, in the fact that they can boast of an attacker that would stand-in for injured Olivier Giroud and also better than inexperienced Yaya Sanogo.
’ Tayo Amosu.