David Beckham says he is sad to see Danny Welbeck leave Manchester United but believes he will shine at Arsenal.
Striker Welbeck, who came through the Old Trafford youth system, joined the Gunners
for £16m on transfer deadline day.
“Arsenal have a very good, young talented English player,” said former United midfielder Beckham.
“To see him leave Manchester United is sad. He had been there since he was eight and his heart was in Manchester.”
Welbeck made his senior debut in 2008 and went on to start 53 Premier League games for United, with a further 39 appearances from the bench.
However, competition for places has increased under manager Louis van Gaal,
who was appointed in May.
The Dutchman brought in Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco in
a £6m loan deal
on Monday, while Argentina winger Angel Di Maria was signed
for a British-record £59.7m
from Real Madrid last month.
Di Maria is wearing the number seven shirt this season, previously worn by Beckham, who played for United between 1992 and 2003.
The former England midfielder, speaking as an ambassador for Sainsbury’s School Games which starts in Manchester on Thursday, added: “Di Maria is obviously a very talented player.
“He has played in the World Cup and won the Champions League but my advice to him wearing the number seven shirt is to enjoy it because wearing that shirt is without a doubt one of the proudest moments I have had in my career.”
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