Across the past hour, commentators, pundits and armchair fans have been criticising Manchester United’s decision to get rid of England and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck after his brace gave England a 3-1 win against Slovenia in the European Championship Qualifiers. Their specific issue with United and Louis van Gaal was the reason given in Summer – his lack of goals at Old Trafford – and the fact that Welbeck has scored five in four for England.
A dose of realism is required here. England have just played Slovenia and it’s fair to say that their defenders might not be of the same quality as he would face in the English Premiership every week and 12 goals in 76 games for United over the past two seasons speaks for itself.
Credit where credit is due – Welbeck is becoming a very effective international striker, but has only ever been prolific in qualifying rounds. He has scored only one goal at a major Championship Finals so it might be a little early to criticise United’s decision and surely his form and scoring record at Arsenal will be a better indicator come the end of the current season.