Man Utd starlet set to join Sunderland

Welbeck has impressed during United’s pre-season and would be keen on regular first team football at the Stadium of Light next season.

Sky Sports reports that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has allowed the 19-year-old to join the Black Cats.

Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez are all ahead of Welbeck in the pecking order at Old Trafford.