The 21-year-old joined the Latics on a season-long loan in August, but Fergie is ready to take him back to Old Trafford in January.
He told Inside United: “We’ll probably bring Tom back in January. Tom’s going to be a great footballer, I really like him.
“I’ve heard the fans are starting to talk about Tom, and I think they’re right to do that because he could very well be the next top player to come through the ranks.”
The United boss continued: “I felt it could be hard to give him enough football. I think five or six months on loan could really help him. He’ll benefit from first-team football in the Premier League.”