"In all honesty the players Louis van Gaal has moved on would have been my choice to," said Gillespie on Twitter. "Welbeck, Nani and Cleverley (were) never (seen) as United players.
"Drastic action was needed. Pursuing the path United were on was death by 1000 cuts. Quality of competing clubs was way better. We're back."
He added: "The question for Mike Phelan is if he had an option of Welbeck or Falcao in his team who would he choose?"
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