Danny Welbeck, dubbed ‘Dat Guy’, was once loved at Manchester United. Fergie favoured him but Louis van Gaal saw no use for him. So he has moved on to pastures new, and burnt his bridges with his former club. But will he fulfil his potential to be a great footballer?
Following loan deals to Preston North End and Sunderland, Danny Welbeck became more of a regular at Manchester United. He started in the infamous 8-2 over Arsenal and even scored an equaliser away at Real Madrid.
Once Sir Alex Ferguson announced his departure from Manchester United and thus from football altogether, things began to chance for Danny Welbeck. Although he recorded more goals in the 2013/14 season for Manchester United (and played well for England), Welbeck claimed it was his unhappiest season thus far due to the fact he was being played out of position. He wanted to play up front, as opposed to on the left.
The arrival of Louis van Gaal at Manchester United was essentially the nail in the coffin for Welbeck’s Manchester United career. After assessing his team, Louis van Gaal got rid of those he felt he didn’t need for his side – both selling and loaning – and Welbeck did not make the cut for his new boss. So Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal for £16 million and he had the opportunity to show what he could do under a new team and manager, without leaving the Premier League.
The highlight of Welbeck’s debut season at Arsenal has to be the hat-trick over Turkish giants Galatasaray in the Champions League. Upon signing for Arsenal, there were doubts over Welbeck from the fans but Arsene Wenger urged his side to get behind the new signing. This was a turning point for Welbeck; it not only built his confidence but brought fans onto his side.
If there was ever a game to show up against your old side, Danny Welbeck certainly picked it. Scoring the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup resulted in Welbeck being splashed all over the papers. But, let’s call a spade a spade – Welbeck could not have had an easier chance to score. An open net, gifted the ball by Antonio Valencia; it was hardly a 40 yard screamer.
So, can Danny Welbeck fulfil his potential? He has a far better chance of doing so at Arsenal. Competition up front was too much for Welbeck, the chances of starting ahead of Rooney and Robin van Persie were too slim, and it was best that he left Manchester United as opposed to rotting away on the bench. Will he be a world class star, and a Premier League legend? Doubt it. To put it simply, he is not clinical enough. His biggest asset is his pace, which is very valuable, but he is not an out and out goalscorer. Hopefully he enjoys a few more goals during his time at Arsenal.