Manchester United coach comments on Will Keane and James Wilson's loan performances

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Manchester United coach Warren Joyce is impressed with how strikers Will Keane and James Wilson are performing at Preston North End and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Manchester United coach Warren Joyce is impressed with how strikers Will Keane and James Wilson are performing at Preston North End and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Speaking to the Red Devils' official website, reserves coach Joyce felt the pair are showing promising signs of progress.

Keane has found it particularly tough going at Preston this season, but scored his first goal of the season at the weekend and Joyce is intrigued to see how he follows on.

He said: "It was a really well-taken goal.I watched him again at the weekend as well. His movement was very good and he looks better and more confident.

"You forget how long he was out injured. It disrupted and delayed his progression massively so he is aiming to make up for lost time. He's looking a lot more like his old self really.

"Preston have played 4-3-3 and Will has been playing in a wider role but he's an intelligent footballer anyway and is taking up good positions and being a threat.

"His general play has been good. Obviously, the kid would like to score more goals than he has but I think that is the next step for him really."

  TeamGoalsAppearances
Will Keane Preston 1 17
James Wilson Brighton 2 4

Wilson is the forward many United fans wanted to see leading the line along with Anthony Martial for the first team, and he has been showing what he is all about already, netting twice for Brighton in his opening four games.

Brighton currently sit second in the Championship, with Keane's Preston in 16th position, nine points back from the play-off spots.

Discussing Wilson, Joyce told United's website: "He's hit the ground running and taken the opportunities to score well.

"Obviously they're near the top of the league and it's good experience for him. If he can manage to stay in the team and contribute for a side that gets promotion, it will be great for him."

United have an option to recall Wilson, but it remains to be seen if manager Louis van Gaal will decide to do so.

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