James Wilson reveals meetings with Jose Mourinho before Derby County loan

by Tanveer Arayan


James Wilson has revealed he had several meetings with Jose Mourinho before joining Derby County on loan.

The 20-year-old, who failed to make Mourinho’s 25-man pre-season tour squad, signed for the Rams on a season-long loan earlier this month.

Wilson announced himself to the footballing world with a brace against Hull City on his Premier League, going on to make 19 appearances under Louis van Gaal in two seasons.

Speaking with the Derby Telegraph, Wilson revealed how Mourinho urged the striker to choose Derby, a place that has also seen Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane enjoy loan spells.

“I had a few meetings with Jose [Mourinho] before heading out here and he said that Derby is a good club,” said Wilson.

“Jesse [Lingard] and Michael [Keane] said that I would be making a good decision to join Derby

“I want to play games, I want to score goals, I want to gain more experience. My focus is entirely on Derby County at the moment.”

Playing in a fiercely competitive league, week in week out, for a side expected to win every week will undoubtedly aid Wilson in his progression as a Manchester United player. Whilst dropping to the Championship is seen by many as a bad move, playing in such a physically hostile environment can help harden young talents like Wilson.

Man United fans will hope to see Wilson return to Old Trafford as a more developed, physically imposing talent. His raw speed and poachers instinct is something to be admired; and with some extra steel garnered in the Championship, the youngster could be a real threat in the future.

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