Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has insisted that Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are constantly kept up to date on the performance of on-loan striker James Wilson.

The twenty year old frontman has impressed early on in his Championship loan spell, scoring twice in the four appearances he has made to date – and helping the south coast club maintain their unbeaten run, which now stands at twenty one (yes, 21) Championship games.

The Seagulls are second on goal difference in the Championship – and face leaders Middlesbrough in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon, where Wilson is set to feature again.

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Speaking to BBC Sussex ahead of that fixture, Hughton said:

“We keep them informed of his game, his physical stats and his video clips,” “That is all sent through to Manchester United. They are aware of what he has done on a daily basis.”

Louis van Gaal deemed Wilson a good player to send out on loan to gain experience – despite his own side’s lack of goals. United haven’t won a game since their fortunate last-minute winner against Watford last month; and that winning goal came in the shape of a Troy Deeney own goal.

Hughton is not worried about the prospect of a recall for Wilson, however:

“We know there is a recall but he is here for a reason; to play games and get experience,”

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“We can only take it at that value. We are very grateful to Manchester United for their interest in him coming here in the first place.”

Having impressed in the Red Devils’ under-21 outfit and now on loan at Brighton, it can’t be too long before Wilson gets a real shot in the Manchester United first team.

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