Wilson has been given a chance in the United first team by Louis van Gaal so far this season, but the Dutchman and the player may feel that a loan move for the rest of the campaign could be beneficial for all concerned.
Derby have been struggling in attack with Chris Martin and Darren Bent both recently suffering injury problems and Wilson would be a superb signing who could take the pressure off the front of the team.
Possibly the biggest advantage Derby have in relation to trying to sign the player relates to a youngster already in their squad; Jesse Lingard.
The playmaker is on loan at the club until the end of the season and has experience of having played alongside Wilson in the United youth ranks.
Firstly, Lingard is a good player Steve McClaren could use to try and convince Wilson that Derby is where he needs to be playing his first team football.
Secondly, the pair have experience of playing together and Lingard is the sort of player who could create the opportunities for Wilson to score in Derby’s attack.
What Derby need to try and force their way out of a recent slump in form is creative attacking play, chances and players who can hit the back of the net with regularity.
The main problem Derby will face over the rest of the week (loan deadline this Thursday) is the fact that other clubs will be in the race to sign Wilson.
He’s a top young talent who could have his pick of the teams he joins if he is going to move on loan and McClaren has to work hard to ensure that Derby give themselves the best possible chance.