Sunderland target happy to leave Man Utd

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Welbeck has a bright future at Old Trafford, but needs regular playing experience.

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Welbeck in recent weeks.

“My main aim is to be part of the first team set-up but I am happy to go on loan if the manager wants me to. I just want to keep playing games and improving,” said Welbeck.

“I feel I have improved a lot over the last couple of years in particular. I have learned so much during that time particularly the importance of mental strength on and off the pitch. I just want to keep improving and striving to show everyone what I can do.

“I am really pleased with how the tour has gone for me so far and I am happy with my performances. I have got to keep going and continue to get my fitness up.”