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Carrick hails Keane and ‘goal machine’ Wilson after U21s victory over West Ham

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick has praised strike partners Will Keane and James Wilson after their goals sealed Manchester United’s 2-1 over West Ham’s U21s tonight.

Wilson opened the scoring with a fantastic effort from outside the box and Keane grabbed the eventual winner just before the 80th minute.

Carrick hailed Keane for his performance and labelled Wilson as a ‘goal machine’ after he bagged himself another goal on the night.

“In the second half, we dominated from the start really and got the goal,” Carrick told ManUtd.com after the game.

“Keano deserved it as I thought he was terrific. He managed to get the winner so it was worth the trip. He [Wilson] is just a goal machine. He’s like that in training and scores all the time.

“It’s a great habit to have, something I wish I had! He’s just a natural. It wasn’t even a chance for his goal, he created a yard for himself and put it in the bottom corner. He probably feels he should have had another goal or two but both front boys deserved the goals because they were terrific.”

Wilson and Keane are two of the best natural finishers to have come out of the academy but are now at different stages in their young careers.

Keane is still recovering from a cruciate ligament injury he suffered back in 2012 and has recently started to find his goalscoring boots again having scored a hat-trick, but now he has Wilson to contend with.

Wilson has broken into United’s first-team squad after a prolific season with the U21s and is ahead of Keane in the pecking order, so there is stiff competition in the lower ranks for a spot in Louis van Gaal‘s first-team squad.

Prior to his injury, Keane was just as prolific as Wilson and there are hopes he can work his way back towards his 2011/12 form. If he can do that, United will have more than one goal machine on their hands in the U21s.

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