Gus Poyet’s side did agree a £14 million deal for the Italian striker earlier this summer but the move fell through leaving the North Eastern club chasing an attacking addition before the end of the summer transfer window.
Liverpool hanging onto the player could now directly result in Manchester United losing a key attacking player ahead of a very long and important campaign for the Old Trafford club.
Borini’s indecision seems to be due to uncertainty over whether to move away and join Sunderland and a desire to stick it out and prove that he can be influential in Liverpool’s attack.
Louis van Gaal showed his hand to a certain extent when he started Javier Hernandez alongside Wayne Rooney for the Premier League opener against Swansea City last weekend.
While United are likely to want to keep Welbeck, who has good Premier League experience, they can do nothing about any desire the player has to perform regularly if van Gaal favours other players ahead of the versatile Englishman.
A loan deal has been mentioned in previous reports and that’s something that LvG would more than likely prefer over a permanent sale.
United could have a clause inserted into any loan agreement with Sunderland, which would allow them to call back Welbeck should one of Rooney, Hernandez or Robin Van Persie pick up an injury over the course of the season.
The only realistic situation where van Gaal could justify a permanent sale of Welbeck at this stage is if he gets a better player in or a direct replacement.
There are still lingering reports of Manchester United’s interest in Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid although any deal for the Argentine is unlikely to happen quickly for a variety of reasons.
Welbeck is a player worth hanging onto for United because while he doesn’t have a prolific recent record, he’s versatile and can play more attacking positions than Hernandez.