Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has rejected a number offers for Red Devils starlet James Wilson and decided the striker would be better served staying at Old Trafford to work with his coaching staff on a day-to-day basis.
That is according to The Telegraph, who have this afternoon reported that United received a number of enquiries from Championship clubs interested in taking the teenage forward on loan, but Van Gaal wants him to stay as fourth-choice forward for the entire campaign.
Wilson has only featured once so far this season, in the League Cup capitulation at the MK Dons last month, but todays' news should come as a major confidence boost for a promising youngster who Van Gaal clearly believes has a very bright future.
Wilson was preferred to Welbeck
Van Gaal reportedly told Danny Welbeck that he'd fall below Wilson in his pecking order of strikers before he forced through a £16m move to Arsenal.
The 18-year-old has clearly strengthened that position in training and impressed Van Gaal to the extent that he'll stay for the remainder of the game and provide back-up for Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Wilson may even get the chance to stake his claim for regular game time from the bench over the next month, with Rooney definitely banned for United's next three matches after being sent off against West Ham United last weekend.
Van Gaal not afraid to give kids a chance
United fans should definitely expect to see Wilson add to his two Premier League goals if a whirlwind start to the season involving plenty of academy products is anything to go by.
Wilson's former youth-team colleague Tyler Blackett has featured in all but one of United's Premier League games so far this season, while the unheralded Paddy McNair stepped in as the result of a defensive crisis against West Ham on Saturday and performed admirably.
Falcao, Van Persie and co. will give Wilson brilliant examples to look up to and learn from this season, and that must be one of the primary reasons Van Gaal has promoted the youngster to a permanent position in his firs-team squad until January at the very least.
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