Although Paul Scholes feels James Wilson has done well in his debut season for Manchester United, he doesn’t think the 19-year-old has done enough to make himself indispensable to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
Van Gaal showed great faith in Wilson’s ability by selling Danny Welbeck in the summer and he has gone on to score one goal in 10 Premier League appearances in total, which included a start against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
However, Wilson hasn’t featured at all for United since coming on as a substitute against Burnley and writing in his weekly column for the Evening Standard when discussing the problems youngsters face breaking into senior football, he cited Wilson as an example of those struggles.
Scholes wrote: “That difficult moment when you have to move from being a kid with potential to a consistent first-team regular who is one of the mainstays of the team is hard for young players.
“Many don’t get the opportunity in the first place, or if they do they get only a brief one. At Manchester United, for example, the striker James Wilson has been given a number of chances this season and although he has done well, at no point has he made it impossible for Louis Van Gaal to leave him out.”
Regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, Wilson should be delighted with how his first full season went. He’s only 19 and although reaching double figures for the year would have given him a major confidence boost, simply being a member of van Gaal’s squad will fill him with confidence in itself.
Next year is where Wilson will have to knuckle down and start to really grow as a player having had a full senior season under his belt. Instead of everything being new, he’ll be accustomed to it, so hopefully then is where we start to see the Wilson who tore up to the U18s and U21s with his goals.