Manchester United fans have a new hero to cheer at Old Trafford in James Wilson, who has come through the ranks and is quickly developing into a wonderful talent.
The striker, who is blessed with blistering pace and a real eye for goal, came off the bench against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday to smartly net his first goal of the season and United’s second in the 2-0 victory. His strike at Loftus Road added to his two against Hull City on his debut at the end of the last season.
The 19-year-old is not only making a case that he is worthy of a start to his boss Louis van Gaal, he is starting to put real pressure on Radamel Falcao to start performing. The Colombian striker has struggled to adapt to the relentlessness of the Premier League, and has only found the net three times since his high-profile loan move to Manchester United from Monaco.
Wilson has really emerged on the scene since his stunning debut in the penultimate game of last season. The teenager scored his first goal at QPR since announcing his name on his debut. Wilson told the Manchester Evening News:
“It gives me great confidence as I’ve been struggling for my first goal this season off the back end of last season. It gives me great confidence and hopefully I can take it into the next game and the rest of the season. Walking into the dressing room, everyone was congratulating me and making me feel really good and welcome, so it’s great.”
Manchester United travel to League Two side Cambridge United on Friday night, for an eagerly anticipated FA Cup fourth round tie at the Abbey Stadium. Wilson, as well as United’s other younger stars, will be hoping to get a run out against the U’s. The England U-20 international came off the bench in the Red Devils’ shock 4-0 second round League Cup defeat to Milton Keynes Dons earlier in the season, and started the 2-0 FA Cup win against Yeovil Town in the previous round.
Wilson has already proved to his boss just how eager he is to secure a place in United’s first-team – the fact there is even talk of him keeping the £52m striker Falcao out of the side speaks volumes of the young starlet. At 19, it is obvious Wilson still has a lot of developing to do, but it seems as though he has well and truly got his head screwed on.
Louis van Gaal has already shown this season that he is not afraid to chop and change his team around – the Dutchman sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal at the start of the campaign and he has recently left Falcao out of the squad all together. Last term, Wilson scored a total of 24 goals in 29 games at every level for the club.
He has proved he can score goals at whatever level he plays at, in any side – and he could well and truly be Manchester United’s latest superstar to come off the production line.