It was thought that Welbeck could be prised away from Old Trafford after starring whilst on loan at the Stadium of Light, scoring 6 times already.
And with Sunderland recently receiving £18m from the sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa, this further fuelled rumours that Steve Bruce would pursue a move for Welbeck but Sir Alex has dispelled any notion of this telling Key103:
“Steve has as much chance of getting me,”
With Michael Owen’s contract to expiry at the end of the season Welbeck could find himself in the 4th striker role at United at the start of next season.
Welbeck has undergone exploratory surgery on a mystery knee injury so will be out for up to 8 weeks which will come as a massive blow to Sunderland especially with the sale of Bent.