Former Manchester United manager Mike Phelan has blasted the club for ‘buying not producing’ talent after the club signed a transfer deal that saw top striker Danny Welbeck moving to Arsenal at the last-minute before the transfer deadline.
Speaking to BBC radio 5 live, Phelan said such a transfer would never have happened under the watch of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson whom he said nurtured the young Welbeck to become the top class player he is today.
“Danny Welbeck has been part of United’s identity and that has been broken. They have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit.”
“Now, rather than produce, it may be the case where they are buying in.”
“What will happen in the future now, nobody knows but that thread has been broken now,” said Phelan.
However, in contrast, former Man Utd player Rio Ferdinand hailed the transfer, saying it was ‘good business’ on the part of Arsenal.
Arsenal confirmed the signing last night with a tweet confirming the deal. Many fans had thought that the London club would miss out on signing anyone before the close of the transfer window and with Arsene Wnger off to Italy to take part in a charity match…Arsenal fans had already given up on any transfer happening.
Welbeck was welcomed into the Arsenal fold with a £16 million deal and his new team mates have already started making him feel at home with Jack Wiltshere posting a photo of himself and the new Gunner on his Instagram with the caption….”Big welcome to my boy Welbz. Great player for a great club”.
Welbeck is a top signing for arsenal. Good business done by them. If he gets that trust to be no.1 striker at AFC he will flourish & explode
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 2, 2014