Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United were ‘mad’ to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal

by Sam Peoples

Rio Ferdinand believes said Manchester United were mad to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal on deadline day.

Ferdinand, who left Old Trafford after ten years at the club this summer, feels United could live to regret selling Welbeck to a direct rival.

Welbeck left United in order to get more regular first-team action after becoming frustrated at being behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the pecking order, but Ferdinand feels it is a mistake to let him go.

“I cannot believe United let Danny go, especially to Arsenal. That seems mad to me,” he said.

‘I think he felt frustrated at United because, even if he did well, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney would be ahead of him. I do wonder if they will live to regret not keeping Danny.”

Welbeck joined United when he was just eight years old and is a born and bred Mancunian. Having worked his way through the academy sides to the first-team, his frustrations this summer were borne out of the fact he would likely be the fourth choice striker this season after the addition of Falcao.

United fans are sad to see Welbeck leave given his affiliation with the club but Ferdinand feels it was the right move for the player, if Arsenal use him correctly.

He added: “He’s a real threat to defenders and, if Arsenal use him right, he will be very dangerous for them.”

Welbeck could make his debut for Arsenal at the Emirates against Manchester City on Sunday and if he can stop City from winning three points, he’ll have immediately done United a favour.

Do you think Ferdinand is right that United should not have let Welbeck join Arsenal?

Image: Twitter/Arsenal

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