As United’s bewildering transfer policy continues, a potential exit could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Danny Welbeck has reportedly been told he can leave Old Trafford in a move that will not sit well with fans. Danny’s performances may lack cutting edge but his energy has made him a fan favourite, a position that is helped by the fact that he is a local lad from Longsight. It would be unwise of van Gaal to cut ties with the England international without assessing him in a competitive game and it would do nothing to quell fears about a deteriorating Manchester United squad that is much weaker than some of the rivals second string. Goals need to be added to his game but he rarely gets a chance as a number 9 and has been shifted wide under Fergie and Moyes. With a two striker system reinstated at United it is Danny’s chance to finally get played in his favourite position, this is the wrong time to ship him out.
‘I need players who play how I want them to play’, are the words of Louis van Gaal. He places strict emphasis on players functioning in a manner that fits his system. It has become evidently clear that Javier Hernandez does not fit in as he offers little outside the six yard box. Strikers must show great energy going forward and tracking back to operate under Louis’ regime. For this reason, it is madness that Welbeck will be overlooked. His attributes will fit the new system perfectly. Against Real Madrid during Fergie’s last season, he operated as a deep lying striker so he could shut down Alonso and he did this impeccably. His tactical malleability would be an enormous asset to a very thin squad. Swansea highlighted that United can be extremely languid and easy to play against, the pace and energy that Welbeck brings to the table would go a long away in solving this dilemma.
If Danny is too leave, then which side will United be strengthening? The early rumours are pointing too Arsenal and Spurs, two rivals in the fight for a top four finish. Both of the North London clubs are short up front and suffer due to an immobile strike force. Letting a player with Welbeck’s qualities sign for rivals who desperately need pace up top would be yet another addition to a catalogue of errors committed during the last two summer windows. If Welbeck was too add goals to his game, he would be a complete striker. Why risk letting another club try and achieve this? Chelsea let Daniel Sturridge leave the club as he was failing to have an impact as a winger, yet once he was played as a number 9 at Liverpool he excelled and was one of the best strikers in the league last season. United have to give Welbeck this chance. Loyalty works both ways so the club need to show it to their academy graduate.
Up front is the only department that United do not need to strengthen, it is therefore lunacy to weaken it. If attacking talent such as Angel Di Maria arrives, then Chicharito should be the striker to make way. Hopefully van Gaal rubbishes the rumours of Welbeck’s departure during today’s press conference but with multiple reliable sources reporting the story and James Wilson training with the first team, the stage could be set for Old Trafford’s darling to pack his bags.