Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he has the option to recall James Wilson from his loan spell at Brighton should the Red Devils need to.
The 19-year-old joined the high-flying Championship side on Thursday in a deal that could run until the end of the season, leaving LVG with only Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial as orthodox centre-forward options.
Given the struggles of the United captain so far this term Wilson might have expected more time on the pitch, but the teenager has been handed just eight minutes of league action and one start in the League Cup against Middlesbrough.
Some fans of the Manchester giants have questioned the decision to let the promising forward leave, but Van Gaal has confirmed that the club have the option to call him back should they need him:
“Until now he didn’t contribute so much,” he is quoted by Metro.
“He played a few minutes in the Premier League and a few in the Capital One Cup and was not always in the selection of the squad of 18 players.
“Players of his age need to play and I can imagine that fans are saying that this is ridiculous, they have difficulties to score but that is a short-term thought.
“We have to think what is better for a player like Wilson and at the moment he does not have too many possibilities to play on a higher level. We believe in him so he has to develop himself elsewhere. If we need him, we can call him back.”
Van Gaal opted to field Memphis Depay up front with both Rooney and Martial out against Watford and has also used Marouane Fellaini in the role in the past.