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Biting Back: Manchester United's fortunes will continue just fine

By James Tait

As Danny Welbeck began to say his goodbyes at Old Trafford, former Manchester United stars lined up to criticise the decision to let him leave.

Former defender Gary Neville admitted he was baffled by Louis van Gaal's call, while Bryan Robson revealed that he was unsure as to the Dutchman's thinking in letting the England striker join rivals Arsenal.

Eleven minutes into his Gunners debut, however, Welbeck proved Van Gaal right.

Taking advantage of David Silva's slack backpass during Saturday's clash at the Emirates with champions Manchester City, Welbeck found himself one-on-one with keeper Joe Hart.

The chance to become an instant hero had arrived – but in typical Welbeck fashion, he tried the elaborate and hit the post with a chip when a simple well-hit shot would have nestled in the back of the net.

Contrast the fortunes of new Chelsea star Diego Costa. The £32million man hit a deadly hat-trick against Swansea to take his tally to a staggering seven goals in four league games, and all from just 10 shots on target.

United seemed to cope just fine without the services of Welbeck in yesterday's 4-0 win over QPR – a trend that I suspect will continue.

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