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Manchester United set to release striker

Manchester United set to release striker

24 May 2019, 20:30

Manchester United will let striker James Wilson leave in the summer at a free transfer after the club decided not to trigger the one-year extension in his contract according to Manchester Evening News.

Wilson, 23, joined Aberdeen on a season-long loan but the striker managed just three goals in the Scottish Premiership and it is believed United will release the goalscorer upon the expiry of his contract on June 30.

Wilson has not figured with the first-team since he was substituted in Jose Mourinho's first game in charge in a friendly win at Wigan Athletic in July 2016. Mourinho cut Wilson from the pre-season tour squad and the forward embarked on an unsuccessful loan spell with Derby County that season before another unfulfilling loan spell at Sheffield United.

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United negotiated a four-year contract with Wilson in September 2015 and then-manager Louis van Gaal described him as 'one of the brightest young English prospects', but Wilson has only made two competitive appearances since.

His last United outing was in the October 2015 League Cup fourth round defeat by Middlesbrough and he spent nine months out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in a Derby Under-23 game in October 2016.

Wilson is only the second United player whose one-year option was not activated after club captain Antonio Valencia. Wilson scored four goals in six starts and 14 substitute appearances for United, two of them coming on his career debut under caretaker manager Ryan Giggs against Hull.

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