James Wilson puts in impressive performance for Manchester United’s U21s against Everton

by Sam Peoples

James Wilson hasn’t been given any opportunities by Louis van Gaal this season for Manchester United’s senior team but he got back to goalscoring ways with the U21s this evening.

The 19-year-old striker put in a very accomplished performance with an assist and a goal within the first 30 minutes against Everton. He continued to impress as the game went on and United ended up winning 3-1.

Glenn Roeder from Sheffield Wednesday as well as ex-United assistant manager Mike Phelan, who is now at Hull City, watching on from the stands and they were no doubt watching Wilson in action. They’d have certainly been impressed.

Playing at U21s is pointless for Wilson any more. Any time he plays there, he is head and shoulders above the players around him. He finds it far too easy and that’s not helping him develop which is a dangerous situation for any teenager to be in.

Wilson needs regular game time, that much is obvious, but what isn’t clear is what Louis van Gaal wants to do with him.


He has been left out of United’s last two match-day squads despite the fact there was no natural striker on the bench, a decision which has surprised a lot of people including Gary Neville who is bemused by the situation.

If van Gaal wants to keep Wilson, then he needs to have him on the bench at the very least. If he wants to let him leave on loan, then what is the point in waiting?

Hopefully there is a solution soon because Wilson deserves to be playing regular first-team football right now.

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