Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could still loan James Wilson out this year, despite the fact that the striker wants to stay and prove himself at Old Trafford.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the 19-year-old is of the opinion that he can be of benefit to United this term, but Van Gaal believes he has enough options without him.
The striker was heavily linked with a temporary loan move away from United on transfer deadline day and, though no transfer materialised, he can still sign for a Championship club if Van Gaal so wishes.
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The latest rumours infer that the Dutchman is willing to let Wilson leave on loan, but will include a return clause in his contract incase United suffer an injury crisis that leaves them short of options up top.
It’s sure to leave Wilson with a bitter taste in his mouth given how well his development at Old Trafford has been going. The youngster featured occasionally for Van Gaal last season, but he now appears to have fallen down the pecking order.
In any case it looks as though Van Gaal sees him more as one for the future than the present. The 64-year-old has Wayne Rooney as his first-choice frontman, with the England international being backed up by Memphis Depay, Marouane Fellaini and, of course, new signing Anthony Martial.
As a result Wilson might be better served seeking opportunities elsewhere this campaign, and perhaps he could make a statement in the Championship this season as Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford did with Middlesbrough last term.
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