Sir Alex insisted last season that they would be given opportunities and he has stuck to his word and to his credit, the faith he showed when suggesting they were ready to make the step has proved has been repaid.
Cleverley and Welbeck have both benefitted from the loan system and Welbeck especially is thankful for his spell away from Old Trafford as he told the club’s official website,
“My main aim when I went to Sunderland was to get games in the Premier League. I did that and I think I handled it pretty well.
“When you’re playing week in, week out it really helps your confidence. You get on a run with things which helps your form and you pick up so many little things along the way which are invaluable.
“I went through a good spell just before Christmas but unfortunately picked up an injury soon after. There are always going to be positives and negatives and I’ve learnt from both those experiences and come back to United a better person.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things have gone so far.
“I’m delighted to have been starting up front and I’ve put in a few decent performances.
“Playing games is what I want to be doing. I don’t want to be sitting on the bench. I want to be playing regularly for Manchester United. There’s nothing better than that and that’s my main aim.”