Crerand believes Wilson will threaten Van Persie’s spot in Man Utd team

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand says the potential of young striker James Wilson is fast becoming a problem for Robin van Persie.

Van Persie has struggled for form so far this season and despite scoring three goals, including a last minute equaliser against Chelsea last month, the Dutchman has rarely been in games and managed just 12 touches of the ball against Arsenal at the weekend.

Considering three of those were from corners, it’s a truly shocking statistic and Wilson’s composed performance when replacing Van Persie won’t have gone unnoticed with Louis van Gaal.

Speaking on his MUTV talk show, Crerand said: “The problem for Robin and the rest is the kid James Wilson. He is going to put pressure on them all. I expect Radamel Falcao to score goals but everything is up for grabs.”

As ever, Wilson has been in top form the United U21 side this season which has ensured he has made regular substitute appearances for the first team in the absence of Falcao and the temporary omission of captain Wayne Rooney during the striker’s suspension in October.

United have two home games in four days, the first of which would see Wilson come up against the team he made his debut against last season whilst scoring two goals in the process.

With van Persie seemingly still out of shape and looking unfit it would be hard to imagine the Dutchman starting in both games so this could be the perfect time for Wilson to put a stamp on his first team place if the opportunity arises.


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