James Wilson was happy to score the clinching goal against Queens Park Rangers as Manchester United recorded their league away win of the season on Saturday.
Wilson was brought on so United could switch to a more familiar and popular diamond formation and the team instantly looked better and it was just a matter of minutes before Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring after the changes.
The 19-year-old’s pace caused the home side all kinds of issues as they chased an equaliser to continue an unbeaten home run that stretched back all the way to October.
But in the 94th and final minute, Wilson slotted past Rob Green and told MUTV he was delighted to get on the score sheet for the first time this season.
“It gives me great confidence as I’ve been struggling for my first goal this season off the back end of last season,” the youngster admitted. “It gives me great confidence and hopefully I can take it into the next game and the rest of the season.
“Walking into the dressing room [afterwards], everyone was congratulating me and making me feel really good and welcome, so it’s great.”
Van Gaal was seen giving some words of wisdom to the teenager immediately after Fellaini’s opener and the striker was glad he got repay the faith van Gaal constantly shows in him.
“Basically, he just told me to stay onside, because there were a few instances [in previous games] where I’ve been offside,” Wilson revealed. “Stay onside, be patient, hold your run and beat them for pace. That’s pretty much what I did for my goal.”