Manchester United ace Adnan Januzaj would follow in the footsteps of Danny Welbeck and Jonny Evans at Sunderland

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (centre) Wayne Rooney (left) and Michael Carrick

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (centre) Wayne Rooney (left) and Michael Carrick

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If Sunderland pull off the loan signing of Adnan Januzaj, then he would follow in the footsteps of Danny Welbeck and Jonny Evans in leaving Old Trafford for the Stadium of Light.

The pair both enjoyed loan stints at Sunderland and spoke fondly about their time on Wearside helping their careers.

Ex-Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans in action for Manchester United

Ex-Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans in action for Manchester United

England international Welbeck, who has since moved to Arsenal, made 28 appearances, scoring six goals, for the Black Cats in the 2010-11 season.

Then aged 19, Welbeck joined Sunderland under the management of Reds legend Steve Bruce, helping the club to secure a 10th place finish in the Premier League – the club’s highest since 2001.

“I really enjoyed my time at Sunderland,” Welbeck reflected.

“The fans were great, the stadium is great and it’s such a family club.

Ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck in action for England

Ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck in action for England

“I really enjoyed it. Sunderland is where I learned my trade, getting games in the Premier League and scoring goals.”

Meanwhile, Evans, who is still at Manchester United, also enjoyed his time in the North East.

The Northern Ireland international had two loan spells at Sunderland, his first in 2006-07 and then another spell in 2008.

Evans, along with Danny Simpson, joined Roy Keane’s Sunderland for the second half of the 2006-2007 season, helping the North-East side return to the Premiership and winning the young player of the year award in the process.

In January 2008, Evans rejoined the club for a second spell - and the defender admitted at the time that a permanent move to Sunderland was something he would consider.

Speaking at the time, Evans said: “I am really enjoying playing a full part in Sunderland’s season.

“Sometimes it seems a bit unreal that I am back at Sunderland. It didn’t look like it was going to happen when the gaffer [Keane] asked the question early in the season and United wanted me there.

“But it’s great to be playing and testing myself in Premier League games, and it’s something I want a lot more of.

“United is the club I support and to have the chance to make it there is still a great opportunity that no player surrenders easily.

“But if I was ever going to leave Manchester United, Sunderland would definitely be an option for me – if they want me.”