The 18-year-old has made a couple of substitute appearances for United this year and was on the pitch for Robin van Persie’s dramatic equaliser against Chelsea at the weekend.
Van Gaal decided to sell Danny Welbeck and let Javier Hernandez go out on loan in order for Wilson to come into his first team squad which is indicative of his faith in the youngster and speaking to ManUtd.com, Wilson was keen to state how he doesn’t want to waste the opportunity he has been given.
Among those who have watched Wilson over the past few years work his way through the U18s and U21s, there is a strong belief he can quickly follow in the footsteps of Adnan Januzaj into becoming an important first-team member.
Michael Carrick recently hailed Wilson as a goalmachine and that’s precisely what he is – a natural goalscorer. Be it with his left foot outside the box or right foot inside it, Wilson always knows where the goal is and more often than not finds the back of the net.
Here’s an extract from his interview with Manchester United’s official site where he offers insight into how it feels to be part of the same striking group as Rooney, Van Persie and Falcao.
There are some big games coming up for the first-team. How much are you hoping to be involved in them?
They are massive games in terms of the season and with even with the rivalries as well. Obviously it would be great to get on the pitch for a few minutes. Any minutes on the pitch really, whether it’s for the first team or the Under-21s is great for me to get my fitness back.
You had 17 minutes on the pitch for the recent home game against Everton. How was that experience for you?
It was great being on the pitch being with the players and getting involved. It was brilliant, getting on, it was great.
What was it like coming on as sub for Radamel Falcao, a world-renowned striker and already a fans’ favourite?
Yes, he came up to me and did the clap of the hands as he came off, and said ‘Good luck.’ It’s great to come on for such a striker like that, a player in the world of football so it was a great experience.
How does it feel to know you’re in the same group as Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Falcao?
It’s great to be in contention with such names in the world of football as theirs. Obviously with the competition in training and even in the games as well, if I can just get a few minutes here and there, then hopefully I can get my chance further down the line.
It seems that Danny Welbeck leaving the club and Chicharito going out on loan to Real Madrid has given you an opportunity to play more often. How determined are you to seize that opportunity?
It’s an important time for me. Obviously with those two going – Chicha on loan and Danny getting a move to Arsenal – it’s given me a great opportunity. It’s going to be really important for me to get the minutes on the pitch.