Despite a striker shortage at Old Trafford, Manchester United will not be recalling James Wilson from his loan spell with Championship title contenders Brighton & Hove Albion. Manchester Evening News revealed that Louis van Gaal won’t be cutting short the 20-year-olds stint at the Amex Stadium.
Yesterday, Wayne Rooney was ruled out of action for approximately two months through injury, leaving van Gaal with Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Will Keane as the only potential strikers available in his first-team squad.
Keane enjoyed a loan spell at Preston North End earlier this season, only for van Gaal to recall him last month. However Wilson isn’t set to follow suit and return to Old Trafford any time soon. The Dutchman insists that he has enough strikers to cope with the current situation,
“No (Wilson won’t be recalled). At this point I can call James Wilson back, but at this point I have possibilities with Will Keane and Anthony Martial.
“Also there is Memphis Depay.
“Normally you don’t have 13 injuries in your team. When you analyse the injuries it’s ridiculous.”
Wilson has been struggling with injury in recent weeks with the East Sussex club, who are currently on a four-game unbeaten run. In 12 league appearances, he has scored three goals for the Seagulls, the most recent being last month in the home victory over Huddersfield Town. He also has eight minutes of Premier League football from earlier this season under his belt when appearing for the Red Devils as a substitute in the defeat at Arsenal in October.