Ryan Giggs is frustrated that James Wilson has not had more chances to prove himself under Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal this season.
Wilson joined Championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until the end of the campaign earlier this week, but Giggs is disappointed the England Under-21 international hasn’t been given more opportunities to impress in recent months.
This is according to The Times, who claim that while Giggs recognises the benefits of Wilson joining Brighton on loan, he hoped the striker would have played more minutes this season.
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Giggs handed Wilson his senior debut, during his time as Manchester United’s interim manager towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, against Hull City in May 2014. The talented young striker responded by scoring two goals.
However, under Van Gaal last season, Wilson managed to score just one goal in 13 league appearances for the Red Devils.
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Van Gaal believes he made the right decision
Following the arrival of Anthony Martial, Wilson has found first-team opportunities even harder to come by this term. In total, he has played just nine minutes of league football for United this season - and they all came in the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last month.
United fans are divided over whether Van Gaal was right to loan out the 19-year-old, but the Dutch coach explained on Friday that it is in the player’s best interests to gain some first-team experience away from Old Trafford instead of wasting time on the subs’ bench.
“Until now he didn't contribute so much,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by Manchester United’s official website. “He played a few minutes in the Premier League and a few in the Capital One Cup and was not always in the selection of the squad of 18 players. Players of his age need to play and I can imagine that fans are saying that this is ridiculous, they have difficulties to score, but that is a short-term thought.
“We have to think what is better for a player like Wilson and at the moment he does not have too many possibilities to play on a higher level. We believe in him so he has to develop himself elsewhere. If we need him, we can call him back.”
Wilson has a chance to shine at Brighton
Van Gaal makes a perfectly valid point but some United fans, and potentially Giggs too, would argue that Wilson has not contributed much because he hasn’t had the chance to.
Still, a move to Brighton will provide Wilson with the platform to prove to Van Gaal that he has a future at Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans: was Louis van Gaal wrong to loan out James Wilson this week? Have your say by leaving a comment below!