The forward is now in World Cup mode after being selected in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.
Welbeck has spoken of finding more freedom to play for England than he has at United, which has only added fuel to the fire with regard to the forward’s future at Old Trafford.
Speaking to the Telegraph’s Henry Winter during a break from England training, Welbeck said: “Maybe I’m let off the leash a bit more for England than United.”
Welbeck was pressed on his future at United, who will be managed by Louis van Gaal when the Dutchman takes the reins following the World Cup.
Commenting on last season at United, Welbeck said:
It does get frustrating. You want to be playing in a certain position and you’re not getting the opportunity to do that.
But it’s the same for everyone else when they are being played out of position and they don’t really like it.
Asked to comment on whether he would be leaving United, Welbeck replied: “I’d rather not answer that question.”
Van Gaal was named the new manager of United last week, and there has already been widespread talk as to the changes the Dutchman will make.
First up for Van Gaal is a World Cup challenge with the Netherlands. While working with his Oranje squad, Van Gaal will get the opportunity to check out his current Manchester United crop and potential targets—a fact not lost on Welbeck.
"I’m pretty sure he will be watching," Welbeck said. "I’m quite confident in my ability that I can do what needs to be done.
"In the World Cup I want to make sure I show my quality."