Manchester United prepared for emergency move after new attacker blow
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
James Wilson could be recalled from his loan spell at Brighton after Manchester United lost another striker to injury on Monday night, Football Insider sources understand.
Will Keane suffered a groin injury within minutes of replacing Anthony Martial as a substitute in United’s 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.
This was United’s second striker blow in less than a week after it emerged that Wayne Rooney is set to miss up to two months with knee ligament damage.
With other possible forward options unavailable, including Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj, Anthony Martial is now the only centre-forward option available to Louis van Gaal, although Memphis Depay can also play centrally.
Van Gaal ruled out the option last week of recalling Wilson, 20, from his loan spell at Championship club Brighton but could now be forced into a change of heart.
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However, the young striker was not in the Brighton squad las weekend and has scored just once in nine matches after finding the net twice in the first three games of his loan.
Speaking last Wednesday, Van Gaal said: “At this point, I can call James Wilson back, but at this point I have possibilities with Will Keane and Anthony Martial. Also there is Memphis Depay [who can play up front].”