Van Gaal made big mistake selling these two Man Utd players – Rio

Danny Welbeck Tom Cleverley Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand claims the sales of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck means Manchester United now have a lack of players that understand the club’s DNA.

The two academy products were allowed to leave Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal after previous boss David Moyes had used the pair sporadically.

Sir Alex Ferguson nurtured Cleverley and Welbeck into the first-team set-up during his time in charge with both players used a fair bit during the 2012/13 Premier League title-winning campaign.

“I’m fairly confident the likes of Cleverley & Welbeck who came through the Manchester United system would have been at the club longer if Sir Alex Ferguson had stayed as manager,” Ferdinand said.

“[They] were vital members of the squad that loved the club and know the DNA.”

Welbeck joined Arsenal in 2014 for a reported £16million deal, while Cleverley was loaned out to Aston Villa that season before joining Everton on a free transfer in 2015.