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James Wilson keen to show Louis van Gaal his qualities this season

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United striker James Wilson is looking to prove himself to manager Louis Van Gaal.

Wilson, who made 17 appearances last season, wants to show Van Gaal what he is capable of going into the new season.

The youngster has played the second half in both of Man United’s pre-season games so far but has been unable to really shine.

Speaking to Manutd.com, Wilson was asked whether he felt he could impress Van Gaal and said he appreciated the difficulty of giving players minutes on a busy pre-season tour.

“I hope so,” he said.

“I can only show the manager what I have got. He kind of knows my qualities so I have just got to go out on the pitch, show him what I can do and hopefully get that chance to play this season.

“It is tough for the manager with so many players on the tour because everyone has to get minutes, so it was nice to play in both games and 45 minutes was good.”

After breaking into the first-team under Ryan Giggs, Wilson’s chances last season were limited due to the number of options available to Van Gaal.

However, the departures of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie mean Wilson is much higher up the pecking order, something he will hope means more playing time and the opportunity to play his way into the manager’s thinking.

With minutes under his belt in pre-season, the 19-year-old will be hoping this can be the catalyst for him to have a much better season.

He added: “I feel fit and I am just hoping not to get injured like last season. It is going to be an important year for me.”

Wilson seems to understand the importance of the coming season. Having been around the first team-set up for over a year now, bigger things will be expected of him. Even though he is still young, the future is bright for Wilson and he will hope that Van Gaal feels the same way.

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