MX23RW : Saturday, February 16 12:23:43

Danny Welbeck departure concerns Eric Harrison

Former youth team coach Eric Harrison is "very concerned" about the direction Manchester United are taking following the sale of Danny Welbeck.

Former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison has joined Mike Phelan in voicing his concern about the club's perceived change in policy.

Phelan, a former assistant manager at Old Trafford, recently claimed that last night's sale of Manchester-born Danny Welbeck to Arsenal and the subsequent arrival of Radamel Falcao had "broken" United's tradition of giving academy players the chance to prove their worth.

When asked for his opinion on those deals by the Manchester Evening News, Harrison, who is credited for having nurtured the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and the Neville brothers, admitted that he is "very concerned" about the direction that the club has seemingly taken.

"I am very concerned to be honest. I cannot believe Danny Welbeck has gone. Okay he might not have been a prolific goalscorer but his work rate and effort was undeniable," he said. "There was a place for him and I am not too pleased he's gone to Arsenal. It is sending out the wrong message when local home grown players like that are leaving.

"Losing players who have been part of the club since they were young kids means you are losing the heart and soul of the club. That's what the 'Class of 92' were for instance. They were the core and you need that at the centre of your squad. You need players who have been brought up in the United family and atmosphere. It is special."

Welbeck scored 29 goals during his 142 appearances for the Red Devils.


Click here for more stories about Eric Harrison

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville pose for a team shot during a photoshoot for the documentary 'The Class of '92'
Read Next:
Review: 'The Class of '92'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
FA Cup
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
Eredivisie
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish Challenge Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Welsh Premier League
Argentine Primera Division
Australian A-League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
2.Bundesliga
Indian I-League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account