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It is almost three months since Manchester United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16 million because Louis van Gaal did not think the striker was good enough to play for the Reds.

“He doesn’t have the record of (Robin) van Persie or (Wayne) Rooney and that is the standard,” said van Gaal, whose team meets the Gunners at Emirates Stadium on Saturday in a game which, for the first time in Premier League history, has no significant bearing on the title. “That is why we let him go — because of (Rademal) Falcao, but also the youngsters who can fit in.”

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