Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: I have doubts about letting James Wilson leave on loan

by Sid Choudhary

Louis van Gaal is unsure over whether to let striker James Wilson leave Manchester United on loan this season.

The young striker is yet to appear for the first-team this season, although he signed a new deal on Friday until June 2019 with an option to extend for a further year.

Many felt that this would be the year Wilson really came into the fold but with the arrival of Anthony Martial, the Englishman has seen his opportunities restricted.

However, it now seems that van Gaal will wait before deciding on the youngster’s immediate future.

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The manager said: “Maybe we will have to wait until December to see how it is with our club. Are we succeeding in the Champions League? In the Capital One Cup?

“Maybe he shall receive minutes off me because I have to rotate as I did against Ipswich Town and it can also be done in the other matches. I have talked with him and I think we’ll wait until December.”

United supporters rate Wilson extremely highly after he burst onto the scene in 2014, scoring a brace on his first team debut at Old Trafford. The Englishman was given a handful of starts last season by van Gaal, who now admits that Wilson is behind Martial in the pecking order.

The Dutchman added: “He is the natural successor of Martial, but he needs to play. However, Manchester United’s interests are always higher than individual interests, so I have doubts about letting him go.”

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It is refreshing to see that Wilson will remain at the club, at least for the time being. It was a disappointment to not see him feature for United in their Capital One Cup victory over Ipswich Town but he may still get his chance.

With United battling on all fronts this season, the games will be coming thick and fast. Wilson could be the ideal rotational player, with his blistering pace and clinical finishing. United fans will hope to see a lot more of him between now and December, particularly following the news of his new contract.

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