Danny Welbeck’s Manchester United career kicked off in style with a goal in his league debut against Stoke City in 2008, but the young forward feels that it was his loan spell at Sunderland that made him the player he is today.
The 20-year-old has now started every competitive game for Manchester United this season, including a 2-1 win over West Brom and the storming comeback against Manchester City to win the Community Shield.
Last year Welbeck graced the first team of Sunderland with his pace and exuberance, and the Untied academy graduate believes that this stage in his career was essential.
He said: "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.”
Welbeck also played eight games for Preston North End in 2010, the same club that David Beckham was loaned to in preparation for Alex Ferguson’s first team. But the Manchester born starlet is determined to keep featuring in first team action for one club only.
"I'm pretty happy with the way things have gone so far," he added. "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."