Gary Neville hits out at Manchester United over Welbeck sale

The England coach believes Arsene Wenger’s side underpaid for the striker and says he can’t work out his former club’s reasoning behind the €20 million deal

Gary Neville admits he cannot understand why Manchester United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.

Welbeck joined Arsene Wenger’s side on deadline day in a €20 million [£16m] deal, to be replaced at Old Trafford by Colombia superstar Radamel Falcao on a lucrative one-year loan deal.

Former United midfielders Paul Scholes and David Beckham have been quick to express their “sadness” at the departure of the Manchester-born 23-year-old.

And Neville, who works with Welbeck in the England set-up, believes Arsenal underpaid for the striker and feels United’s decision to sell is questionable.

“I can’t work it out [why Manchester United sold Welbeck],” Neville told talkSPORT. “After all the prices I’ve seen paid this summer and, obviously I’ve been working with him the last week, I’m thinking how is it just £16 million?

“There’s been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for £15m this summer. How have they got him for £16m?

“I can’t work it out to this day, it’s a strange one. It really does feel strange that it’s a centre-forward and actually it’s helped out a competitor, someone who will be vying for those third and four places with United this season.

“I’m struggling to understand the logic behind the deal in two or three ways really.”

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