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James Wilson leaves Manchester United on loan

Manchester United's striking options get smaller by one, as James Wilson heads to Brighton & Hove Albion.

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You might think that when a football team is struggling for goals, one solution might be to let the promising-if-untested kid on the bench have a go. After all, if nobody else is doing the business, then it's not like there's anything to lose. And if he's got a bit of pace about him, then so much the better.

But you do not understand The Philosophy. According to The Philosophy, in such circumstances, other strikers must be removed from the club, the better to ensure that options are limited. For reasons. And so it came to pass that James Wilson was sent on a season-long loan to Brighton & Hove Albion. You may now take a moment to sigh deeply.

Mind you, if he is going out on loan, then there are probably worse places to go. Brighton are currently going well under Chris Hughton and are second in the Championship; barring disaster, they should be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. Jesse Lingard spent some time there a couple of seasons ago, and he's now in United's first team.