Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits to doubts over James Wilson's departure

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The striker has joined Championship side Brighton on loan until the end of the season.

Louis van Gaal has somewhat bizarrely expressed doubts about the short-term benefits of allowing James Wilson to leave Manchester United to join Brighton and Hove Albion on loan, the Daily Express report.

The 19-year-old has joined the Championship high-flyers until the end of the season. And while van Gaal admitted that the deal will be good for the youngster in the long-run, he admitted that it may not have been the smartest decision to let him go.

"In the short term, maybe it’s not so good for Manchester United, but in the long term it’s better. It is part of the development of a player," he said.

"I have not always chosen him in the selection, and I think for him it’s better to play at his age than sit on the bench or play in the second squad," he added.

Although Wilson has struggled to break into the first-team at Old Trafford - with just one substitute appearance to his name in the Premier League this season - his departure has left United in a precarious position. 

In terms of natural strikers in the senior squad, only Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial remain, and while the Frenchman has impressed since his move to England, Rooney's form in front of goal remains a concern.

And should a situation occur that is reminiscent of the game against Watford last weekend - when both Rooney and Martial were missing - not having Wilson available will prove to be a big blow for van Gaal. 

However, playing for Chris Hughton's side will provide him with the opportunity to get some regular first-team football under his belt, and perhaps strengthen his claims for a place in United's team upon his return. 

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