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Rooney Backs Welbeck’s United Exit

Rooney Backs Welbeck’s United Exit

–Says former teammate right to switch to Arsenal

Wayne Rooney says Danny Welbeck was right to leave Manchester United for Arsenal in the summer.

Many United fans were shocked earlier this year when Louis van Gaal sanctioned Welbeck’s £16million transfer to the north London club.

Welbeck is a life-long United fan and joined the club as an eight-year-old having grown up in Longsight, which is just four miles away from Old Trafford.

During his 11-year spell at United, Rooney watched the pacy forward progress from teenage prodigy to first-team striker and admits it will be strange to play against the 23-year-old striker when the Red Devils travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

“Of course, Danny has been here all of his life,” Rooney told MUTV. “He is a Manchester lad so it is weird seeing him (there).

“But that’s football nowadays and players move on. I think, for Danny, and for his own personal career, it was probably the best move for him,” Rooney said.

“He’s done great and scored a few goals and is playing well. Danny gives you what he always gives you – a good shift. He works hard for the team.

“At times, as I said to him, he works a bit too hard but he’s scoring goals and he’s doing well.”

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