Manchester United make decision on James Wilson future

James Wilson will leave Manchester United on a free transfer after the club decided not to trigger the one-year extension in his contract.

Wilson, 23, joined Aberdeen on a season-long loan but the striker managed just three goals in the Scottish Premiership and the MEN has learnt 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.

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.