When James Wilson was named on the bench against Newcastle in the Premier League, Manchester United fans were genuinely excited because nothing beats seeing a new youngster break through into the first team.
The 18-year-old didn’t get a chance to come on against Newcastle but David Moyes has indicated that he will follow in the footsteps of Adnan Januzaj and make his senior debut soon, so long as the opportunity existed.
If the opportunity had been right at Newcastle, I’d have tried to get him some minutes on the pitch,” Moyes told ManUtd.com.
“As it was, we lost a couple of people in the game to injury so we had to make substitutions and we couldn’t get to a position to give him some minutes. He’s done well in the Reserves and earned an opportunity.
“I think he’s got a good chance, the boy, and we want to keep him right but keep moving him up and progressing him when we think the opportunities are there.
“If the opportunity comes [before the end of the season], we’ll do so but we have a lot of people looking for a game.”
Although it’s bad to say a prolific goalscorer at academy level is going to be great, Wilson really has made goalscoring look easy at every level so far at Manchester United and there is a real hope that he will be able to replicate that sort of goalscoring prowess with the senior squad.
Wilson is already ahead of Januzaj as he was named on the bench before the last day of the season and with fitness concerns about Van Persie and Rooney, now is the time in a dead rubber set of games to let Wilson show his stuff.