Wilson, who has barely featured for Man United this season, joined Brighton on loan on Thursday.
The deal is set to run until the end of the campaign but van Gaal insisted that United have the option to bring the youngster back to the club early if necessary:
"We have to think what is best for the player," van Gaal explains on James Wilson's loan move. "If we need him we can recall him." #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 27, 2015
The decision to include a re-call option is a sensible one from United, as Wilson’s exit leaves the team thin on the ground in terms of options up top.
It will be good for Wilson to gain regular first-team experience elsewhere, although it is odd that United waited until now to let him go rather than earlier in the campaign. Perhaps van Gaal has a replacement lined up in the January transfer window.