Red with anger: Gary Neville fuming at departure of England and Man Utd star Welbeck for Arsenal

Gary Neville is dumbfounded by the sale of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United to Arsenal.

The former United fullback is shocked that United let the England international join a Premier League rival for £16million.

Neville believes Arsenal underpaid for Welbeck, who scored a brace for his country against Switzerland on Monday.

He told TalkSport: “I can’t work it out.

“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 £16million?

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




United bolstered their attack with a deadline day loan move for Radamel Falcao, and Welbeck would have struggled to make an impression in the first team with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie also ahead of him in the pecking order.

Nonetheless, their former captain thinks Louis van Gaal made a huge error in letting their academy product leave.

An England coach himself, Neville fears for The Red Devils’ prospects of finishing in the top four now Welbeck will be starring for a Champions League competitor.

He added: “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 fourth places with United this season.

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

Welbeck, meanwhile, is looking forward to making his Arsenal debut this Saturday against Manchester City.

The 23-year-old is hoping to put his days of playing on the wing behind him, and star in a central position for the North London club.

He said: “It is well known I prefer to play through the middle so when I get my opportunity I just want to show what I can do.

“Once I get into the box and get the opportunities I have got faith in my ability.

“Listen, anyone can say what they want to say but I just know once I get the opportunity and a run of games up front I will do my best.”

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