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Manchester United look set to hold onto James Wilson

Despite strong rumours linking him with a loan exit, Manchester United striker James Wilson looks set to stay at Old Trafford.

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Only recently, Manchester United's young striker James Wilson seemed certain to be heading for a Championship loan move. He was strongly linked to promotion hopefuls Derby County, and given that he's not even appeared on the bench in the Premier League so far this season, it seemed like a sensible decision. He'd see more regular football, and could well come back looking more ready for the rigours of the top level.

However, now it seems like Louis van Gaal doesn't want to let him leave on loan. Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett has confirmed that his side were also interested in signing Wilson, but at present United are unwilling to let him leave:

"He has been a target and we’ve enquired just as much as everybody else. But if he’s not available, he’s not available to us. If that changes we’ll be competing, but at the moment he’s not available."

Just in case you didn't quite get that, he's not available.

That's, not available.

If he was available they'd want him, but sadly he's still not available.

Anyway, it does seem a slight shame for Wilson and United, as the concern is he's just going to rot away behind the shiny glass frontage of Carrington. He's beneath Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and maybe even Memphis Depay and a few others in the pecking order, but still he's not being allowed to leave. But still, Louis knows best.