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United ‘broken’ by Welbeck exit

WELBECK-RVPLONDON, September 2- Former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan believes that the club have lost their way following the departure of Danny Welbeck and the arrival of a host of big-money signings.

Welbeck secured a £16 million move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, ending 13-year association with the club which he joined as an 11-year-old.

The England international’s exit means that Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans are the only remaining regulars in the United squad that are products of the club’s famed academy, while youngsters Reece James and Tyler Blackett have also featured this season.

Such a scenario is a far cry from the successful team of the 1990’s and early 2000’s which boasted a host of homegrown players, including the famed ‘Class of ’92’.

Phelan feels that Welbeck’s exit is a sad day for the club, and illustrates what appears to be a change in philosophy.

“They have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit,” Phelan told BBC Sport.

“Now, rather than produce, it may be the case where they are buying in.

“Someone like a Danny Welbeck has been part of United’s identity and that has been broken.

“What will happen in the future now, nobody knows but that thread has been broken now.

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“There is always the start of something and maybe this is the start of a new way of doing things at Manchester United and maybe that is the way football is going,” he added.

“Is it better to look at the instant rather than the future? It is a difficult one because youth is always the future, we all have to start somewhere and you just hope that product of youth can develop in the Premier League.”

New United boss Louis van Gaal has showed he is not scared to spend big, splashing out £151.5m to bring in Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo on permanent deals, while Radamel Falcao has joined the club on loan.

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  1. Kenchizi

    October 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Read the story and it’s really sad how cold blooded Chinese mofos are!! I have the video link for the accident and it’s really inhumane how it happened! really sad!!

  2. barb

    October 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    This is the most horrifying thing I have yet to see in my life… sick people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Susan Wong

    October 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Not all Chinese are “mofos” as Kenchizi has stated below.  However, there is something very wrong with Chinese culture, I would know since I am proudly Chinese-Canadian.

    Unfortunately, primarily due to retarded laws in China that suggest anyone that gets involved in an accident may have some wrongdoing…really scares the shiets out of people.  Inevitably, the Chinese have been taught and conditioned to mind their own business, or else…

    It’s truly sick and saddening to see this happen.  I encourage everyone, not only the Chinese, to never turn away from an opportunity to help someone.

    If one of the bystanders in this case, had just stood in front of the child and called for help, the child would most likely never have been run over again.

    • Alex Core

      October 19, 2011 at 5:20 am

      if there is Filipino there, i’l bet they will fight for that’s baby’s right-her right to life- even if they die. 

  4. Maddgrassix

    October 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Not in afriqa!!! Why we love Afriqa, we got hearts, big hearts esp for helpless kids. We must care for the future!

  5. Alexis

    October 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This story is horrific beyond words. Poor girl. I have read that in
    China, couples dont really want to have girls as children. They kill
    baby girls in China. I am starting to think that the mother’s negligence
    was deliberate…  🙁 Sad, but I hope I am wrong… 

  6. Mwangi

    October 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Its sickening to see how the world has become.Its small child,it does not even matter even if it was an 80yr old man or woman humanity is when you take care of your neighbor as your brother or sister irrespective of the consequences.

    That’s why we are proudly Kenyan we may not be very developed but if that child was on our streets by the time passerby’s saw what had happened to the little girl she would be in somebody’s car been rushed to hospital at breakneck speed.

  7. Alexis

    October 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    This story is horrific beyond words. Poor girl. I have read that in
    China, couples dont really want to have girls as children. They kill
    baby girls in China. I am starting to think that the mother’s negligence
    was deliberate…  🙁 Sad, but I hope I am wrong…

  8. Kanyikanyee

    October 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm


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