Man United debutant confident of first-team future

James Wilson feels that he can push on and make himself a first-team player at Manchester United after his dream debut.

The 18-year-old striker was a shock member of Ryan Giggs’ starting XI against Hull on Tuesday night, and justified his inclusion by netting twice in a 3-1 victory.

Wilson converted his first effort after reacting quickly to a Marouane Fellaini knockdown in the penalty area, while his second came after a shot by the big Belgian was palmed into his path by Tigers stopper Eldin Jakupovic.

Wilson was substituted off to a standing ovation from the Old Trafford crowd in the second half, and after tasting first-team action he is confident that he can establish himself in United’s senior ranks:

“I feel like I can deal with the physicality and pace of the game.” He is quoted by The Guardian. “I just need to try to get as many games as possible under my belt for the experience.

“If you’re getting on in the club, you have to be progressing so obviously scoring for every age group is a good sign. I’ve got where I am now but I have to kick on.”

Wilson is highly-rated by United, and has been performing for theU-21 side since December despite being in his teens.