Manchester United fans had plenty to celebrate on Saturday afternoon with a win over rivals Liverpool, but club icon Gary Neville is still a bit sad over the sale of Danny Welbeck.
The Arsenal forward joined the Gunners for around £16m a year ago as he found himself down the pecking order at Old Trafford, but Neville is still feeling blue about the sale of the lifelong Red.
Manchester United have spent nearly £300m since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, and may well have begun to ditch some of the philosophies that have been so important to the club since the days of Sir Matt Busby.
“I’m slightly concerned that there is this iron fist being applied to players who I look at from personal experience and think: they’re quite good people,” Neville said in his latest Telegraph column. “I know some of those lads, and they are what I would classify as really good professionals.
“I am still saddened that Danny Welbeck left. I am saddened that Adnan Januzaj has been allowed to leave on loan to Borussia Dortmund.
“It was an early red flag to me when Welbeck was sold for £16million, as I said at the time. Januzaj went from playing four or five games on the bounce to going out on loan in Europe.”
Now an Arsenal player, Welbeck is out for a number of months after suffering a knee injury. When available he’s a key member of the squad but there’s no doubt he was born and raised a Manchester United man, and it’s no shock to see Neville still disappointed to see a talented United fan who made his name at the club allowed to leave.