Louis van Gaal has told James Wilson he will have to wait until December before a decision is made on whether he goes out on loan.
Van Gaal said earlier this month that he planned to send the 19-year-old out on a temporary basis so the player could get some experience, but he remains at Old Trafford.
The teenager was not in the squad for Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Ipswich in the Capital One Cup, but there is no loan move pending for the striker, Van Gaal confirmed on Friday.
The United boss said he has ”doubts” about whether it would be worthwhile loaning the player to a Championship club, and for that reason he will wait two months before making a call on the player, who is yet to make an appearance for the Red Devils this season.
”I have talked with him and I think we wait until December,” the United boss told a press conference on Friday.
Van Gaal let Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie go this summer.
The impact of those departures has been offset by the signing of Anthony Martial, who has scored four goals in four games since his £36million move from Monaco.
But given that the Frenchman is just 19 himself, Van Gaal is reluctant to allow Wilson to leave the club and he will therefore have to bide his time.
The United manager added: ”I think he needs to play but Manchester United’s interests are always higher than individual interests, so I have doubts to let him go.
“And maybe we have to wait until December that we know how it is with our club, (if) we are succeeding in the Champions League, the Capital One Cup, because maybe he shall receive minutes off me.”
Van Gaal came in for criticism after spending so much on Martial, but at the moment £36million looks a wise investment.
The teenager added a fourth United goal to his tally on Wednesday when he came off the bench to score the final goal in the Capital One Cup win.
If he scores against Sunderland on Saturday, he will become the only United player to score in his first three Premier League matches.
Van Gaal believes little fazes his new star, but he concedes he is still settling into life at Old Trafford.
”He is still living in a hotel so he is in the first phase of his adaptation, also for his wife and his kid,” Van Gaal said.
”We shall have to see how he settles into an apartment.
”The big step is when he settles himself and his wife in a new environment.”
United will top the table on Saturday if they beat Sunderland and Manchester City lose to Tottenham.
Few predicted such a scenario before the season began, but Van Gaal maintains he always had faith in his players despite a difficult summer.
”We are not ahead of schedule,” Van Gaal said.
The United manager will not lose any sleep if he piles more pressure on his old friend Dick Advocaat, who is yet to win this season.
”I sympathise with the person, but not with the position,” Van Gaal said of the Sunderland boss, who managed PSV while the United coach was in charge of Ajax.
”Dick Advocaat is a friend of mine.
“I hope that Sunderland shall win every game except the games against Manchester United.”
Van Gaal may have to play Ashley Young at left-back given that Marcos Rojo, Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw are out.
Shaw has returned home after undergoing a second operation on his right leg, which he broke against PSV.
“I spoke to him (Shaw) last night,” Van Gaal told MUTV.
“He was very positive. It’s amazing for me. There are very good signals.
“We have already started the rehabilitation. He shall be visited at home for the first electro muscle stimulants, so I think it’s very good.”