Manchester United selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16m is a 'disgrace', says Dwight Yorke

The England striker scored a hat-trick in midweek

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Dwight Yorke is in disbelief that Manchester United agreed to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16m.

The England international moved to the Emirates on transfer deadline-day following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan from Old Trafford.

Since his move, Welbeck has scored six goals in as many games, including a Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray in midweek.

With the striker in such form, attention has been turning to United's decision to let him leave, particularly for such a low fee by today's current standards. England players in particular tend to command a premium, as Luke Shaw who moved to Manchester United for £27m and Adam Lallana who moved to Liverpool for £25m proved.

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke is among those shocked at United's decision making. £16m – that’s a disgrace,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “When Lallana and Shaw have gone for £25m and £27m, that’s pathetic.

“That’s why I cannot understand the market. He had to be a loan deal – especially with Falcao not signing permanently.

“You could let Danny Welbeck go on a year’s loan, get some money and have that option. He’s worth more than £16m in today’s market. Shaw and Lallana – they’re worth that much more than Danny Welbeck?

“I don’t think so. Not with his pace and power.”


Arsene Wenger was praising Welbeck after his hat-trick performance on Wednesday night and Yorke believes the Arsenal manager will be delighted at the business he conducted.

“Arsene Wenger cannot believe it,” said Yorke. “Welbeck doesn’t get as much credit as he should.

“Arsene Wenger will realise that he’s got a bargain. His power – unbelievable. Pace, strength. And he will get better.”

Welbeck's goal return during his time at Manchester United was mediocre - a total of 29 in 142 appearances. Yet it has been pointed out that he was often utilised on the wing. The player himself said this week: “Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often.” It's a viewpoint Yorke agrees with.

“How can you score wide left or right? He’s never played all season up front. He would get double figures.

“He’s been deprived goal-scoring opportunities. People don’t understand that. You’ve got to practice to be in that position."

Arsenal will be hoping he can continue his hot run of form when they play Chelsea this weekend.