Manchester United have reached an agreement with Derby Country to send striker James Wilson on a season-long loan as the Championship side look to acquire promotion to the top tier of English football.

The 20-year-old was sent on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion last season after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by amid a deluge of talented individuals at the club.

Wilson has made 20 first team appearances for the Red Devils, scoring four goals in the process and made his debut under interim manager Ryan Giggs in the 2013/14 season, scoring a brace against Hull City in the Premier League.

He was in the first team in Louis van Gaal's first year at the club, featuring 17 times in all competitions.

"We're delighted to have agreed to bring James Wilson the club on a season-long loan. I hope that this loan deal will prove to be mutually beneficial for all parties and I would like to place on record our thanks to Manchester United for allowing James to join us.

"He is an energetic player who will add to our existing attacking options," Derby manager Nigel Pearson told the club's official website.

Manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping that the player can skill himself up in the next year and compete for a place in the first eleven amid competition from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils are doing quite well in the start of the season so far, scoring five goals and winning both their games thus far.

Ibrahimovic has taken to the Premier league like a fish in water, scoring both goals in their win over Southampton this weekend.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker also scored in his opening game against Bournemouth, taking his tally to three goals from two games, marking an encouraging picture for the future.