Young James Wilson should stay at Manchester United this season and be given time to show what he can do. The squad depth came into test as Manchester United succumbed to their first defeat in the Champions League group stage against PSV Eindhoven.
Anthony Martial may have scored on his debut against Liverpool but to rely so much on the teenager to lead the line against PSV was a bit too much to ask.
Louis Van Gaal himself said previously that he will ease Martial to the team and asked for the fans not to expect too much of him.
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It is true that Manchester United had a lot of chances against PSV, but the lack of a natural goalscorer made the fans wish that Van Gaal had bought someone to cover Wayne Rooney when he becomes injured.
His intention to send Wilson on loan seemed more baffling, although it will come with a strict arrangement.
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When Wayne Rooney is injured, United will have no senior striker apart from the newly signed Martial, and James Wilson.
If Van Gaal uses Martial as a starter against Southampton then that is hardly easing him in. He should trust Wilson up front and put the spotlight on him this time.
It is a win-win situation - Wilson will feel wanted and have a little pressure on him to perform while Martial will have a little breather on the bench. Should it not work out, Van Gaal could bring Martial from the bench and hopefully he could inject the same magic like he did in the Liverpool game.
Manchester United is known for its youth policy and football academy. Sir Matt Busby once said: "if they are good enough they are old enough."
Hopefully with the Capital One Cup match against Ipswich looming next week, the manager will bring changes to the starting line-up that combines youth and experience.
Van Gaal is known for his work at Ajax in nurturing young talents that led them to win the European Cup in 1995. United fans will hope his work could continue here and give a strong platform for challenging trophies in years to come.
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