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Danny Welbeck should lead Manchester United exodus

With John Laverty

So Danny Welbeck is, apparently, unhappy at Manchester United and wants to leave.

This is great news for Man U fans. Welbeck is one of many at Old Trafford who have promised much but delivered very little.

The names roll easily off the tongue; Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley... Phil Jones.

Yes, whatever happened to him? This was meant to be the new Duncan Edwards, the next England captain.

Instead, United got a player who was both accident-prone and injury prone; he has been sidelined with various complaints SIXTEEN times since joining the Red Devils three years ago.

Cleverley? Well, if he is the answer, what on earth was the question?

And how much do you trust Smalling against the best strikers in England, never mind Europe?

As for Welbeck; well, put it this way: Daniel Sturridge, a player he has often been compared to in the past, has scored more goals for Liverpool this season than the other Danny has managed in his entire first-team career – which began six years ago.

Me? I'd ring-fence de Gea, Rooney, Januzaj and Mata and consider offers for everyone else – yes, that includes RVP – in the current, under-achieving set-up.

Worryingly, United assistant manager Phil Neville said this at the weekend: "a lot of people think there's going to be a mass exodus at United this summer, but that's not going to be the case."

If he really believes that, perhaps he should should be heading out the exit door with Danny Welbeck.

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