Matt Law reports that Van Gaal is happy to keep Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez as his preferred strikers, meaning Welbeck is free to find a new club.
Welbeck, 23, has earned a cult status at Old Trafford after being with the club since he was a young boy and despite his low goal return, his unmatched work ethic has always made him an important member of the squad but not any more according to Law.
Hernandez was always considered the striker most likely to leave United this summer if Van Gaal was to trim his squad down and this news has come as a big surprise to United fans.
Welbeck is far more suited to Van Gaal’s fluid style of football as Hernandez’s role as a poacher means his involvement in the build-up play isn’t as much as Van Gaal would want, which makes these reports all the more surprising.
At this stage, it is speculation but it may well be more a case of Welbeck insisting he wants to leave as he doesn’t want to be a back-up to Van Persie and Rooney.