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James Wilson in action for United's Under-23s.

Wilson agrees to join Sheffield United on loan

Manchester United striker James Wilson has joined Championship side Sheffield United on loan for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.

The 22-year-old is this season's top goalscorer for Ricky Sbragia’s Under-23s, after recovering from a long-term knee injury that he suffered while out on loan at Derby County in October 2016.

The English centre-forward came through the ranks of the Academy and famously scored twice on his first-team debut, under the interim management of Ryan Giggs against Hull City in May 2014, before going on to net two more goals during Louis van Gaal’s spell as manager.

This will be Wilson's third loan spell in the Championship, after bagging five goals in 27 appearances at Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2015/16 season, prior to his spell at Derby being cut short by the aforementioned injury.
James Wilson warming up at Old Trafford.
Wilson is this season's top goalscorer for Ricky Sbragia’s Under-23s after recovering from a long-term knee injury
Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United currently sit seventh in England’s second tier and they are vying for successive promotions, after being crowned League One champions last term. 

The Blades boss is excited to have Wilson on board:
“James has a fantastic pedigree having come through the ranks at Manchester United and importantly has some good Championship experience,
“ Wilder told the official Sheffield United website.

“He says he is raring to go and is the fittest he has ever been, so couple that with his undoubted ability and desire to impress, than I’m sure he will improve the group.”


A devastating finisher, Wilson is the second United player to make a temporary move to the Blades in the last 12 months after defender Joe Riley switched to Bramall Lane a year ago. The full-back played just twice before dislocating his shoulder during training and returning to the club.

Everyone at the club wishes James well at Sheffield United.

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