James Wilson left out of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United pre-season squad

by Leo Nieboer

James Wilson has been omitted from Manchester United’s 25-man pre-season squad.

Jose Mourinho named the 25 who would travel to China for matches against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Galatasaray in Sweden earlier today.

Wilson returned to Carrington last week after a loan spell at Brighton and Hove Albion, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League.

But following an uninspiring performance against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, Wilson has been left behind by Mourinho, who has elected to bring along Will Keane – who scored in the 2-0 win – instead.

The 53-year-old has been ruthless in his decision making so far during his time at Man United; the discarding of Wilson is another example of his lofty standards as a manager.

Wilson failed to show the aggression and dynamism that Mourinho demands of a striker on Saturday. A striker, to the Special One, is not just a poacher, but someone constantly involved, creating chances and making intelligent runs, served with a side of animosity.

Despite such a promising start to his United career, alongside the admiration of many for his goalscoring instincts and direct running style, it seems as if Wilson is set to pay for such a one-dimensional performance. And with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Will Keane all ahead of Wilson in the pecking order, the 20-year-old’s days at Old Trafford appear to be numbered.

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