James Wilson could be given big opportunity against Chelsea

James Wilson could be given big opportunity against Chelsea

With Radamel Falcao potentially injured, Wayne Rooney suspended and Robin van Persie misfiring, Louis van Gaal could call upon James Wilson against Chelsea today.

The 18-year-old is yet to make a start under Van Gaal but has continued scoring with Manchester United’s U21s, which is all he can do to give himself the best chance at getting opportunities with the first team.

After scoring for the U21s against West Ham on Friday, Michael Carrick piled praise on Wilson by calling him a natural goal machine.

He is just a goal machine,” Carrick said after making his return with the U21s.

“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.”

Wilson himself played 60 minutes against West Ham on Friday so may well not be fit himself but if he is and Falcao is indeed injured, then Wilson is United’s second choice striker.

Just like Adnan Januzaj when he played for the U21s, Wilson stands out like a sore thumb because he is just too good for that level of football and there are high hopes he will follow in the footsteps of the Belgian and break into the first team soon.

With Wilson, it’s a case of when and not if he will become a first team player at United. At every level, Wilson has been prolific in front of goal and as Carrick says, his instinctive finishing comes so naturally. He’s got world class potential in him.

There’s a real buzz of excitement about Wilson among those who follow United’s U21s and U18s because his rise through the ranks has been phenomenal. Van Gaal shares that same belief in him because he was happy to let Danny Welbeck leave and give his place in the first team squad to Wilson, despite him being just 18.

Buying players like Falcao, Di Maria and Mata are fantastic but nothing beats watching the rise of a youngster who has been blooded through United’s academy like Wilson.

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