James Wilson expected to go on loan after Marcus Rashford’s impressive form – report

by Harry Robinson

James Wilson‘s Manchester United career could suffer due to the fairytale rise of Marcus Rashford at the back end of last season.

The Sun report that Wilson could be sent out on loan again to allow Rashford to continue to develop at Old Trafford after his meteoric rise. For the second half of last season, Wilson toiled in the Sky Bet Championship with Brighton & Hove Albion, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion and then losing in the playoffs.

Both Wilson and Rashford scored a brace on their debuts at Old Trafford but Wilson against Hull City and Rashford against FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League. Unfortunately for Wilson, his debut double came at the very end of the season as Ryan Giggs took temporary charge following the sacking of David Moyes. Since then, Wilson had a tough 2014/15 season with very few chances before a loan move at Brighton for the second half of the 2015/16 season.

Meanwhile, Rashford made his debut in February 2016, scored a further two goals in his second game before going on to score in the FA Cup against West Ham United and continued his stunning start in the Premier League. He finished the season with eight goals in just 18 appearances, contributing to more by creating chances and goals with his superb footwork.

His United first-team career is just 12 weeks old so far, but it has been one of the most memorable already, a shining light in a terrible season under Louis van Gaal.

Wilson is set to meet Jose Mourinho to discuss his future and The Sun suggest he will be told he can leave the club on loan for the entire of next season, with both clubs from the Premier League and Championship interested in taking up that option. Both Birmingham City and rivals Aston Villa, relegated last season, are reportedly looking at Wilson.

This demonstrates how Mourinho generally uses the young players at previous clubs, sending them out on loan. This was particularly evident at Chelsea due to their partnership with Vitesse Arnhem. It can be successful and the fact that Mourinho is focusing on giving Rashford continued game time after his epic rise, which now sees him at Euro 2016 with England, is a good sign for fans worried about his youth record.

Wilson needs an excellent season on loan, if this is the case, to make sure he gets a chance under Mourinho, but his future at United looks bleak after van Gaal used him too infrequently.

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