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Comeback kid: Welbeck has been in lively form

By Coral Barry

Paul Scholes has slammed Manchester United for allowing Danny Welbeck to leave the club.

Welbeck, 25, was sold to Premier League rivals Arsenal on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2014 after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford.

United were dumped out of the Europa League by a ruthless Liverpool on Thursday night after being comprehensively outplayed over two legs.

And Scholes was baffled as to why a player of Welbeck’s quality was forced out after watching Louis Van Gaal’s current side.

“You are scratching your head thinking about the players that have been allowed leave,” said Scholes speaking to BT Sport after the game against Liverpool.

“Welbeck’s the biggest example of that, he should never have been allowed to leave the club.

“He was a big example of what Manchester United were.

“He was here from nine years of age and came right through to the first team. He’s quick, he’s strong, can score a goal, can make a goal, can play left wing, can play right wing and he can play centre-forward.

“He’d walk into this team now without a shadow of a doubt and he has just been allowed to go.

“Whether that’s come from the manager or it was out of his hands I don’t know, but I think it did come from the manager.”

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United went into the second leg at Old Trafford trailing 2-0 after a dismal display against Liverpool a week ago.

Anthony Martial gave the home crowd a glimmer of hope when he won and converted an early penalty.

However Liverpool soon killed off the tie thanks to a superb run and finish by Philippe Coutinho.

In other United, Scholes has delivered his verdict on Van Gaal’s team with the Manchester derby looming at the weekend.