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Chris Hughton: James Wilson will go back to Man United a better player

by Ben Topliss

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton firmly believes Manchester United’s James Wilson has grown as a player following his loan spell with the Seagulls.

Wilson has scored five goals for Brighton since he moved to the Championship side on loan in November of last year.

Hughton claimed that he has been pleased with Wilson’s progress.

“We’ve been delighted with him,” Hughton said.

“I think the transition from being at Manchester United and predominantly on the fringes of the first team, training with the first team most days, then to come into the Championship is completely different. It’s never easy and it’s not been over-easy in his period here but he has adapted well.

“We’re confident Wilson has gained great experience and will go back to United a better player.”

There were eyebrows raised when Wilson was let go last year as it left Louis van Gaal with only Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial who could play up top.

But Marcus Rashford has since emerged at Old Trafford to put Wilson in the back of the mind, at least for now.

Coaches and fans hold Wilson in high regard and there is no doubt that he can make an impact in the first team when he returns to Manchester. The 20-year-old has plenty of time to make his mark and he will know that he is at the right club in terms of getting opportunities.

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