David Moyes named James Wilson on the bench yesterday against Newcastle and it brings the 18-year-old one step closer to joining Manchester United’s first team squad.
It might only have been in part because Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are injured and Danny Welbeck is being rested for the Bayern Munich game but it is still great for Wilson to have the opportunity to join the first team on a match day.
Kudos to Moyes for giving Wilson the chance.
Wilson is a special player. At Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-21s level, he has been prolific for Manchester United and his place in the squad is richly deserved.
Nothing beats the excitement that a youth player being brought into the first team generates.
It’s the United way. Signing a world class player is fantastic but you can’t beat watching the start of a youngster’s career and seeing him blossom into a world beater – Beckham, Scholes, Ronaldo, Giggs, Welbeck et al.
James Wilson's averaging a goal or assist every 81 mins this season at U21/19/18 levels (or every 102 mins just for goals). Real prospect.
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) April 5, 2014
The excitement was clear as within 20 minutes of the line-up being announced, Wilson was trending in Manchester.
If you don’t know much about Wilson now, you will do in the near future because he is one of the most exciting youth prospects that Manchester United have.
Adnan Januzaj made his first appearance as an unused substitute on the bench for Manchester United’s game against West Brom in the last game of the 2012/13 season and now, Wilson has followed in his footsteps.