Manchester United have rejected a number of loan offers for their young striker James Wilson, reports Goal.
The loan window will slam shut for clubs in the Football League on Thursday evening and a number of deals are expected to go through between now and then. However, Wilson will not be on the move after Louis van Gaal decided against it.
Wilson, 19, was expected to play a lot more than he has this season but a number of injuries has restricted his involvement. He is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, but remains an important part of Van Gaal's plans ahead of the season's climax.
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All of Manchester United's strikers have come under scrutiny this season, especially their very own loan signing Radamel Falcao. The Colombian is costing the Red Devils £265,000-a-week, but has scored just four goals in over 20 appearances.
He has fallen so far from the world-class status he enjoyed at the start of the season that Van Gaal demoted him to an Under-21 game against Tottenham Hotspur. Again, the Colombian struggled and has not started a senior game since.
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The same report claims that Van Gaal and his Manchester United coaches seriously considered the possibility of loaning Wilson to Championship clubs, but decided against it despite a host of offers.
No less than six clubs have been in contact with Old Trafford officials but they have all been rebuffed. Many of the clubs, including Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, have since been chasing Arsenal's Chuba Akpom.
Snub to Falcao
Van Gaal's decision to keep Wilson speaks volumes of the level of confidence he has in Falcao. It seems the 29-year-old has no place in the Manchester United squad with even an unproven teenager getting the better of him.
The real question is who Falcao will be replaced with when he heads back to Monaco. Will Van Gaal promote Wilson to the club's second-choice striker behind Robin van Persie or will he sign another striker with a world-class reputation.
Wilson has already missed the majority of an important season in his development and will require vastly more next term if he is to reach his potential. The chance of getting first-team football in the Championship between now and May would have been a boost, but Van Gaal obviously thinks he is better off on the bench at Old Trafford.
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