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Manchester United have no plans to recall James Wilson from Brighton

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With Manchester United seriously lacking firepower, it was no surprise to see yesterday's report from Sky Sports that James Wilson may be recalled from his loan spell at Brighton.

The Seagulls manager Chris Hughton confirmed there was a clause last night and, having scored twice in just three starts, it seemed likely the 20-year-old would be heading back to Old Trafford.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal has no plans to recall Wilson and remains happy with his options in attack.

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Regardless of what Van Gaal wants, the terms of the deal state that the young striker cannot be recalled in the first 28 days and only joined Brighton on November 26. He could theoretically be back in a Manchester United shirt for the Boxing Day clash against Stoke City, but the boss remains untempted. 

That means, unless the situation changes, Wilson will remain at the Amex Stadium for the rest of the season where he is likely to play an important part in the club's bid for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

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Strange decision

Letting him leave in the first place was deemed a risky move by fans and pundits as Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay have all flattered to deceive this season.

Indeed, their most prominent attacking threat against Bournemouth came from midfield powerhouse Marouane Fellaini. He scored one, but the style of play was not what the United fans had travelled 185 miles to see.

With deadly pace and a clinical touch, Wilson is exactly the kind of striker that fans have been crying out for. In many ways, the England Under-21 international embodies many of the traits that Martial has, who, of course, cost the club £36million to sign in the summer.

However, Van Gaal's style of play didn't suit Wilson as he was forced to play with his back to goal. His fragile frame isn't accustomed to it and, unsurprisingly, he failed to make an impact. Brighton are already changing their shape to suit him, meaning he is in the best place to develop his obvious talent.

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