Manchster United starlet’s Shawe View to stardom

by jonnyescott

Shawe View, the home of the relatively unknown non-league side Trafford FC, and also the place where Juan Sebastian Veron turned up for his first day of training at Manchester United.

A more pertinent point is that it was the location for the start of what was to be a memorable year for James Wilson in a pre-season friendly.

The rise of Wilson is near enough incredible. From playing in a pre-season friendly in front of just over 400 spectators to scoring a brace in front of a full house in one of the biggest football stadiums on the planet. Some may label it as a dream, whereas others will simply label it as justice for the young man from the outskirts of Stoke.

What I saw on that sunny July evening was enough to show me Wilson was destined for greatness. Pace, power, precision and persistence, all the things you need to be a successful striker and the then 17-year-old showcased all of them and more.

If the spotlight wasn’t on him enough, ‘James Wilson’ was still trending on Twitter a whole 18 hours after the game had finished. Not bad for young man bought up in Biddulph.

Wilson became the first ever United youth academy product to score in the Under-18s/19s/21s and seniors in one season. It’s a feat which will no doubt be hard to match.

He also became the 4th United player in six years to represent the Under-18s and to score on their Premier League debut, following in the footsteps of Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck and the now well known Adnan Januzaj, who also happened to score a brace on his full debut earlier on this season.

Back in January, I wrote an article predicting the rise of Wilson in the coming year but even I couldn’t predict his rise to occur this quickly. I’ve always been confident about him succeeding at the club. He had that midas touch which no other player on the field seemed to have, no matter what level he was playing at.

After captaining the Under-18s and then the Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League along with appearances for the Under-21s, Wilson has gone on to amass 24 goals in 29 appearances.

It’s these sort of statistics which are slowly starting to make people from outside the club notice his sheer potential.

With pre-season on the horizon, Wilson now looks like a certainty to go on tour to the USA with the senior squad. But the question will then be, do we keep him and give him a chance or do we send him out loan for experience?

Well, if he continues to score at will which he has done this season, we’d be mad to let him go elsewhere, wouldn’t we?

Image: Twitter/RedMancunian

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