Danny Welbeck to Arsenal: Bryan Robson becomes latest to question Manchester United for selling striker

The striker scored a brace for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland

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Bryan Robson has joined the growing chorus questioning Manchester United's decision to sell Danny Welbeck.

The striker came through the ranks at Manchester United having joined the club as a school boy but was allowed to leave Old Trafford for Arsenal on transfer deadline day in a move that coincided with the arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.

The deal was quickly questioned, with former assistant Mike Phelan saying the club had lost part of their identity by letting Welbeck leave and Paul Scholes admitting he was sad to see the striker depart in his column for The Independent.

Amid a sense United could live to regret letting him go, the striker scored a brace for England in their Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Switzerland last night.

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Welbeck capped his £16m move to Arsenal with a brace for England against Switzerland

 

Former Red Devils captain Bryan Robson has now admitted he was surprised that Louis van Gaal sanctioned the £16m sale and said he would not have let Welbeck depart.

"I was watching the last week of the transfer window and I thought 'Yes, I like the look of that and I really like that'," said Robson at the Soccerex Global Convention.

"And then, at the last minute, Danny went to Arsenal and I thought that is the one move I would not have done."

He continued: "But United have added some really quality players to the squad, which is good. But I would like to have still seen Danny as a United player.

"You know what Danny is like in a football pitch. He'll give everything and I think it's a great signing by Arsenal."

 

Welbeck is due to make his debut for Arsenal when they play Manchester City on Saturday.

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