United youth product James Wilson has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2019, with the option to extend for a further year.
Wilson is yet to feature in the first team this season but van Gaal insists he does have a future with the club.
“He’s one of England’s brightest prospects.
“It’s clear to see he has a fine future ahead of him.”
It was unclear whether or not Wilson would be loaned out this season, with West Brom rumoured to be interested, but a move didn’t materialise and he’s found himself struggling to get in the match day squad.
Despite the lack of action, Wilson is excited to spend his future with United.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract and look forward to playing a part in the team for many years to come.”
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Louis van Gaal said he will wait until December to review Wilson’s playing time, and if it is still insufficient, the teenager may be loaned out.
The 19-year-old earned his first international call up this season, scoring in a 1-0 victory over USA U21s at Preston North End’s home, Deepdale.
England U21s manager Gareth Southgate said that United is the “right place” for Wilson to continue his progression, where he can draw on the experience of Wayne Rooney and others, day in, day out.
With captain Wayne Rooney struggling for goals so far this term, Wilson could soon find himself with an opportunity to break in to the first team.