Ahead of the imminent arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the rise of both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford and ongoing speculation linking Manchester United to numerous strikers across Europe, it is becoming clear that the immediate future of forgotten man James Wilson lies away from the club.
Wilson burst onto the scene two years ago; however, the arrival of Louis Van Gaal as United boss, coupled with the unexpected emergence of Marcus Rashford, has seen his playing time at Old Trafford severely limited, forcing him to go on loan to Brighton last season where he helped them into the playoffs and scored five goals in the process.
The Sun are now reporting that Wilson will hold talks with manager José Mourinho next week when he will be told he must go on loan again for the coming campaign. Championship outfits Birmingham City and Aston Villa are two possible destinations being mooted at present.
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Mourinho is set to meet with a number of fringe players in the coming weeks, meetings during which their future at the club will be discussed ahead of the team’s return to pre-season training in the first week of July.
With the arrival of Eric Bailly from Villarreal last month, the future of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair are also up in the air as their first-team playing time will also likely be restricted. Blackett spent last season on loan at Celtic and may be forced to move once again if he wishes to get more minutes on the pitch.
Wilson recently spoke of his positive experience of going out on loan, as reported in the Sun: “I was quite shy when I first came in. I think I’ve developed as a player and as a person as well. That was a big part of me moving away from Manchester.”
For the likes of Wilson, Blackett, McNair – and perhaps a few more of the fringe players – going on loan may be the best chance they have of impressing their new manager in the hope they can one day line out for him in United colours.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena