Whilst the likes of Gary Neville and Mike Phelan have criticised United for selling Danny Welbeck, Louis van Gaal says he has no doubts that he made the right decision, with Rafamel Falcao coming in Welbeck’s place.

“I don’t have any doubts because Falcao is, for me, one of the best strikers in the world,” said van Gaal. “When you see his record, it’s unbelievable. Today, in the training session, he had one ball and it was in the goal so he confirmed this in his first training session. When I say this, I put too much pressure on him and that’s not good because I know it’s very difficult to come from another club to Manchester United in a new process. There is a new hierarchy that exists in the dressing room so it’s not easy and that’s why I have asked for time because I knew in advance this would happen. I have given all the players a chance to convince me of their qualities. When you ask about Danny Welbeck, Danny is here already, from the age of nine, and he played for three seasons at United after Sunderland. But he doesn’t have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney and that is the standard. That is why we let him go because of Falcao, but also the youngsters who can fit in.”