Why now is the worst time for Manchester United to send James Wilson on loan

Inside Old Trafford

Derby County have been linked with a loan move for Manchester United youngster James Wilson, but Louis van Gaal may still need him.

According to a report from the Sun on Sunday, Derby County are keen on bringing James Wilson in on loan from Manchester United.

At first glance, with the Rams pushing hard for promotion and United in possession of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao, the potential move makes sense. But in truth now is the worst time for Wilson to head out on loan.

With van Persie missing the last five matches with an ankle injury and Radamel Falcao struggling for form, that leaves only Wayne Rooney as a fit and firing United striker.

So far that has not proved a problem, with United impressing against both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the last eight days. But with the battle for a top-four finish still very much on, and Louis van Gaal’s side knowing they could finish as high as second, Wilson’s predatory skills could yet prove vital.

The 19-year-old has played 16 senior matches this season and has scored twice to date, against Queens Park Rangers in the league and Cambridge United in the FA Cup.

And with van Gaal all too aware of his ability in front of goal why part with him at the end of the season when he could instead be utilised at Old Trafford?

He will not feature much, but his talent means he could still make the difference with matches against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal still to come.

Wilson may well benefit from a loan move, but now would be the strangest of times to sanction such a thing.

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