Sunderland manager Steve Bruce would love to keep young striker Danny Welbeck on loan from Manchester United, but Bruce is resigning to the fact that Welbeck will most likely want to head home if Sir Alex Ferguson makes the call.
"The boys who come here from Manchester United always do well. There must be something in the air here that they enjoy," Bruce said.
"Danny has had a wonderful time here and has enjoyed playing. Now he has got the ultimate accolade for his performances for us and he has been called up for the England team.
"It is going to be very, very difficult to try to get him here [permanently].”
Welbeck has starred for Sunderland since heading there on loan in August last year, with six goals so far this season. But Sir Alex Ferguson has drawn up plans to include Welbeck in the Manchester United squad for next season, making it clear that he sees Welbeck as part of the Old Trafford club's future.
While Bruce was hopeful that he might be able to land Welbeck for the right price, the Black Cats manager has now all but resigned to the fact that the 20 year old will stay tied to Manchester United.
"Can we get him? I think it's very, very doubtful, if I am being honest," Bruce said.