Old Trafford pair heading for loan exit.
Two young Manchester United strikers are set to go out on loan in order to gain Premier League experience this season. Nineteen year-old Danny Welbeck is expected to confirm his Sunderland move later today, where he will meet up with former Red Devils striker Fraizer Campbell.
Under Black Cats boss Steve Bruce Welbeck will have a more realistic chance at first team football this season. At United, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, and Javier Hernandez at least are ahead of him in the pecking order.
However, he will not have an easy task to get into the starting XI at the Stadium Of Light – for Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent are most certainly first choice. Campbell spends much of his time playing on the wing, and Welbeck might have to do the same, but if he can take his chances when they come, he might be given a shot up front.
Another Man Utd striker close to securing a Premier League loan move is Mame Biram Diouf. The first ever Senegalese player to have played for the Red half of Manchester is expected to join Sam Allardyce at Blackburn – and with Blackburn not exactly flushed for goalscorers he could well begin the season as first choice.
Last season’s top league scorer was David Dunn with nine, while their most prolific striker was Jason Roberts with five – a total that Diouf would be anticipated to match. However at the age of 22, one cannot help but feel Sir Alex Ferguson is sending him out on loan to try to raise his price for a potential permanent transfer elsewhere.
Meanwhile, despite being strongly linked with Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers, midfielder Thomas Cleverley will not be sent elsewhere. He performed excellently in pre-season, and Ferguson has elected to retain him at Old Trafford for the season – with the decision to be reassessed in January.