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What do we know about James Wilson?

18-YEAR-OLD Manchester United striker James Wilson could not have enjoyed a better Premier League debut as he notched two goals as Manchester United beat Hull City 3-1 in their final home game of what has been a difficult season.

The England youth international bagged a goal each side of half-time to put United into a two-nil lead.

This wasn’t just Wilson’s Manchester United debut, but his senior debut, having not been loaned out by United.

A young James Wilson who joined United at the age of seven
A young James Wilson who joined United at the age of seven

Wilson, who joined United at the age of just seven, made his debut for the Manchester United Under 18’s against Everton, at the age of just 15, scoring in the process.

Often played above his age group, he was called up to England Schoolboys when still performing at Under-15 level.

Although he has from time to time been used as a winger, he is at his most effective when leading the line as was seen against Hull.

He was a key component United’s run to the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 2012 as he scored a dramatic injury-time winner against Charlton Athletic in the quarter-final at Old Trafford as just a 16-year-old.

Despite the fact he only made fifteen appearances that season, only three players managed to score more than the six strikes he did for the Under-18s that season and his potential was really starting to show.

He was then rewarded with his first professional contract towards the back end of 2012.

This season, he has scored seven goals in just 9 appearances for the Under 21 side, as they’ve progressed to the final of the knockout stage, and has been part of the Manchester United squad for the UEFA Youth league.

He has also been capped by England at Under 16 and Under 19 level, playing three times, scoring once for the more senior age group.

What do you think of James Wilson? Seen him play? Does he have the potential to get right to the top of the game? Let us know by commenting below, or via our Twitter page or on Facebook. 


About Edward Seaman

My name is Edward Seaman and I am a freelance Journalist. I am also a student at the University of Lincoln. Massive Norwich City fan and season ticket holder. To achieve you need to believe.

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