Paul Scholes has slammed Louis van Gaal’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck after Manchester United’s latest limp showing.
Former United maestro Scholes claimed that England striker Welbeck would “walk into this team” after United drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford as they exited the Europa League 3-1 on aggregate.
Welbeck, 25, was sold by the United boss in the summer of 2014 for a fee of around £16million and Scholes believes United are now paying the price for allowing the former United academy star to move on.
“He [Welbeck] would walk into this team, without a shadow of a doubt and he’s just been allowed to go.
“Every time I watch United I keep thinking of the players that have been allowed to leave the club. You’re scratching your head. I think Welbeck is the biggest example of that, he should have never, ever been allowed to leave this club.
“He’s a big example of what Manchester United are, he was here from nine years of age and came right through to the first team. He’s quick, he’s strong, can score a goal, can make a goal, can play left wing, can play right wing,” Scholes told BT Sport, after Van Gaal could only throw on full-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger in a bid to change the game.
“Whether that’s come from the manager or beyond I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure it probably did come from the manager. It should never ever have been allowed to happen,” added Scholes.
Welbeck has scored six goals in 29 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, but his 18-months at The Emirates has been blighted by injuries.