Rio Ferdinand takes a dig at Manchester United for their decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal after the striker returning from a long injury setback fired the Gunners to an important last-minute victory against Leicester City.
Welbeck celebrated his returned to the first team in a spectacular fashion last night, making his first ever appearance of an injury-ravaged season with the winner against the league toppers and Ferdinand subsequently tweeted regarding his former club letting him go back in 2014.
He wrote: “Welbeck…. I ain’t even going to start….‘Happy for Welbz but how Man United let him go.”
Welbeck……..i aint even going to start…..happy for Welbz but how @manutd let him go
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 14, 2016
Ferdinand’s tweet will certainly draw a mixed response among Old Trafford faithful. Nobody will deny, Welbeck has scored a goal and that is a good one for him and Arsenal, but Manchester United also cashed in £16m for a striker who only managed to score 29 goals in 142 appearances.
Not only that, let’s keep it in mind, he is possibly the most injury-prone striker in Premier League apart from Daniel Sturridge, so Ferdinand’s quick reaction will not go down well with a major section of the United fanbase.
It was Louis van Gaal’s first few months after taking the Charge as Manchester United boss when he allowed Welbeck to leave on deadline day and although the Dutch manager could have used Welbeck as an attacking option against Sunderland on Saturday, it is may be not what LVG will regret during his tenure as United manager.
But one brief substitute appearance later, and Danny Welbeck can surely claim to have breathed a fresh life into Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge.
Out of action with a knee injury for the last nine months, the English attacker was only included in Wenger’s team after he convinced the French boss on Saturday that he was fit enough to be involved in matchday action.
Arsene Wenger’s decision now proves well founded with Welbeck capping the last move of the important league fixture with the winning header, which could finally become decisive in this season’s title race.
Ozil from nowhere stepped up to a free kick and managed to loft it towards the box and with the slightest flick of his head, Danny Welbeck probably saved Arsenal’s season. Ozil’s delivery was also inch perfect. Interestingly he was to some extent sub-par all match but the moment Arsenal needed him most, he delivered like before.