Manchester United’s James Wilson keen to stay injury-free this season following England U21 call-up

by Robbie Dunne

Manchester United forward James Wilson believes he is fitter and stronger than ever and is keen to keep it that way as he enters an important year in his football career.

Wilson has not featured for Louis van Gaal this season despite being one of only three out-and-out strikers in the squad along with Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney.

Hernandez is yet to convince van Gaal that he is up to the required level to start for United so Wilson may well get an opportunity in the future.

After receiving a call-up to the England U21 squad, Wilson revealed he is eager to stay injury free before making the most of any chances that come his way.

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“Staying fit has always been a big thing for me but this season I’m feeling stronger and fitter and I’m in the gym a lot more,” he said.

“If I can stay fitter for longer then I can make the most of any opportunity that does come my way, with United and England.

“I had a very brief chat with Gareth when I was in the U20s and he just told me that he was aware of me and what I can do, but he never mentioned anything about the U21s back then.

“But breaking into the U21s squad on a regular basis is a big aim of mine. “This is going to be a massive season for me and I need to grab it with both hands and hopefully I can make it to where I want to be.”

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Coaches at United hold Wilson in high regard but van Gaal is yet to give him a real stretch of games in the first-team.

However, it is important to remember that he is just 19-years-old. He will have plenty of time to showcase his ability, perhaps on loan if United get a top forward in between now and the end of the transfer window.

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