Manchester United: Striker returns from loan; Barcelona eye forward; youngsters face Liverpool

After just four Sky Bet Championship appearances for Derby County, striker James Wilson will return to Manchester United after picking up what the Rams called “a serious knee injury”, as they announced yesterday. The forward has struggled with knee injuries in the past and it seems this could be the latest chapter in his injury struggles.

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After impressing in parts on loan at Brighton last season, Wilson had retained hopes of proving his worth to Jose Mourinho whilst out on loan, but he now looks set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines before he can show what he is capable of, with a permanent exit from the club seeming increasingly likely.

Another exciting prospect at the club with youth on his side is 16-year-old Angel Gomes, a forward likened to Marcus Rashford for his pacey and skillful style. Having joined the club three years ago, Gomes made his under 18s debut at just 14 years of age and has continued to impress for both club and country. Now, Barcelona are said to be targeting the youngster, claim the Daily Mail.

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With two years left to run on his current deal at Old Trafford, an imminent move seems unlikely, but Barcelona may be able to tempt him away when his deal expires though it may take some good negotiations with the Red Devils if they are to persuade the club to part with Gomes.

After Monday night’s dull draw at Anfield, the under 23s faced the Merseyside club in Premier League 2 action last night. It was a draw once again as Josh Harrop’s strike earned a perhaps undeserved draw after Liverpool dominated the game with a strong line-up including Mamadou Sakho and Danny Ings.

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United’s youngsters played well throughout but were under intense pressure from Liverpool who enjoyed the better chances of the tie, much like the senior team’s display on Monday evening.

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