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Wilson eyes permanent Man Utd exit after Mourinho silence

11:26 BST 15/08/2018
James Wilson Manchester United
The forward - who has joined Aberdeen on a season-long loan deal - has not spoken to the Red Devils boss and sees his future away from Old Trafford

Manchester United forward James Wilson has admitted he is looking to use his loan move to Aberdeen as an opportunity to put himself in the shop window.

Wilson burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old when he scored twice in his Premier League debut against Hull City at Old Trafford, but has since made only 20 appearances for the Reds and has been loaned out to Brighton, Derby County and Sheffield United.

On Monday he completed a season-long loan deal to Pittodrie, his fourth temporary spell away from United, having remained down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

And the 22-year-old striker admitted he has not spoken to Jose Mourinho about his United future, suggesting he has no future with the Red Devils.

Wilson told BT Sport: “I’ve not [spoken to Mourinho] directly but obviously he doesn’t see me in his plans for this year so the right move was to come on loan and Aberdeen was the right place.

“I want as many minutes as possible and as many goals as possible, but I am in my final year at Man United and I’m looking to put myself in the shop window. But obviously short term I want to help the team do well.

“Since I spoke to a few people about the club, they have mentioned the big names that have come here and done well and gone back to their clubs and gone stride for stride with the lads who are already in the team.

“It was a big factor in me coming here to develop my career.

“The coverage that the Scottish league is getting at the minute is really good, one in every three games is on TV. The crowds here are the same as you’d get in a Championship game, and overall I just think it was the right move.”

James Maddison had a successful loan stint at Aberdeen during the 2016-17 season and has gone on to sign for Leicester City for £24 million ($31m) while Danny Ward and Michael Hector have also enjoyed loan spells at Pittodrie before going onto bigger things.

The Dons finished second in the Scottish Premiership last season and Wilson will be hoping he can help them challenge Celtic who have made an indifferent start to the campaign.

The Scottish champions lost to Hearts on Saturday and were knocked out of the Champions League qualifying stage on Tuesday by AEK Athens.