Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has no regrets

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he has no regrets over letting striker Danny Welbeck leave the club last summer.

The 24-year-old scored the winner against the Red Devils on Monday night as his current side Arsenal won 2-1 at Old Trafford in their FA Cup quarter-final clash.

Welbeck has found the back of the net on eight occasions since joining the Gunners, having been deemed surplus to requirements in Manchester.

The England international was replaced at Old Trafford by Colombian Radamel Falcao, but the South American has struggled to adapt to the English game and has only found the back of the net on four occasions to date in all competitions.

Despite this the Red Devils boss van Gaal is convinced he made the right decision by replacing Welbeck with the 28-year-old and was irritated by questions regarding his choice in striker.

He said: “He (Falcao) has scored four goals, had three or four assists and he stimulates the other players, so that is an aspect of the profession. But it is now easy for you to say that and you are happy to say that.”

United now appear set to go a second straight season without a major trophy following Monday night’s defeat and must now concentrate on securing a place in next season’s Champions League.

The three times champions of Europe currently occupy fourth position in the Premier League table and with it the final Champions League qualifying place, but they know they face a tough test in securing that position with only five points separating Arsenal in third and Southampton in seventh.

Next up for the Red Devils is a home match with sixth placed Tottenham on Sunday.

United are 1.89 favourites to secure the three points with Spurs available at 4.05. The draw is on offer at 3.40.

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