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James Wilson ‘unfazed’ by Old Trafford surroundings

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United striker James Wilson made his first start of the season under Louis van Gaal on Tuesday night and after a quiet first half he sprung into life in the second.

Wilson started to drive at the Stoke City defence and was unlucky not to score United’s third of the night but the atmosphere change inside Old Trafford was noticeable when the 19-year old was on the ball.

Andy Mitten, editor of club fanzine United We Stand picked up on the fact Wilson didn’t appear fazed by his surroundings in his Daily Post column and nobody could say he looked out of place during his debut back in May when he scored two goals on a memorable night for the young striker.

“He appears unfazed by the big stage and enjoyed another United victory, the fourth in succession, which keeps his team comfortable in fourth,” wrote Mitten.

It may appear a benign comment on the face of it but being fazed on the big stage can be, and has been, the undoing of several young United talents over the years and the ability to adapt yourself to playing in front of 75,000 fans is a crucial trait needed in any United player.

Wilson would have started against Hull if it had not been for illness and he’ll have every chance of being picked against Southampton even with the return of Wayne Rooney to the line-up.

Click here to Andy Mitten’s full piece on Wilson which is a fantastic read.

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