Wilson has featured sporadically of late but when injuries hit United hard before Christmas, the youngster was entrusted to start several games for the club, including the home match against Liverpool.
It appears Wilson’s pace is the key reason behind Van Gaal’s faith in the striker and the manager believes he is one of few players at his disposal with such an attribute.
Speaking ahead of the QPR match on Saturday, van Gaal said: “Nowadays you cannot play football without pace so Wilson and Di Maria are very important for me.”
Given Robin van Persie is almost certain to miss Saturday’s match with an ankle injury picked up against Southampton, it would be no surprise to see Wilson start up front alongside Radamel Falcao if the manager wishes to continue using Wayne Rooney in midfield.
The quotes will certainly stoke the fires that Wilson could be in line for his first start of the New Year against Queens Park Rangers but despite his burning pace, Wilson is yet to score under van Gaal’s management.