Manchester United’s James Wilson: Brighton loan move went down to the wire

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United striker James Wilson has revealed that his loan move to Brighton and Hove Albion went down to the wire.

Wilson signed the papers which sealed his short-term move to Brighton minutes before the 5pm deadline on Thursday.

The youngster will spend the remainder of the campaign at the Championship club, although Man United did include a re-call option. Wilson admitted he felt nervous as the clock ticked closer to the deadline.

“I went into the training ground at around four o’clock and I didn’t sign the papers until about half past four, quarter to five, and then that had to get validated and sent down to the club, so it was a bit of a nervy time, but it all got sorted and then I drove down last night and was ready to go this morning,” Wilson said.

“The manager is very well-known. he’s been at a lot of Premier League clubs. He rang me yesterday and said that I’m coming into a great club with great lads. It was very reassuring for him to show his interest in me as a player and as a person as well. It was good to get that phone call from him.

“Coming to the Amex which holds 30,000 will be a good experience for me.

“If I was playing in the reserves it’s nothing compared to a Championship game so that’s another element I needed in my development.”

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Wilson should get some much needed minutes on the pitch for Brighton in what is a very competitive league. There are a number of United players who have cut their teeth out on loan and the hope is that the Englishman does the same.

However, there is a sense that Louis van Gaal waited too long before okaying the move. Why not let him leave in the summer? Regardless, Wilson is now at Brighton and he can look forward to some regular game time.

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