Manchester United teenager James Wilson has been backed to feature more regularly for the club’s first-team having earned a maiden place in David Moyes’ senior squad for the weekend victory against Newcastle.
Wilson was an unused substitute as Manchester United surged to a comfortable 4-0 victory at St James’ Park, with a double from Juan Mata and goals from Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj securing three points.
Januzaj has been a rare bright spot in a season of hardship for Moyes, but the Manchester United manager will have taken heart from the fact he was able to name another academy player alongside his prominent stars on Saturday.
An inclusion in the Manchester United first-team was no more than Wilson deserves, says coach Clayton Blackmore, who has watched the 18-year-old striker’s rise from the youth ranks with great interest.
Blackmore has known Wilson since he was in the Manchester United under-15s side, and is confident the player can use his ‘frightening’ ability to establish himself among Old Trafford’s most renowned names.
"I coached him with the Under-15s and he was frightening. In every session, he scored top-drawer goals,” Blackmore told the official Manchester United website.
"For me, it is only a matter of time before he breaks into the first team. He is very direct when he gets on the ball and with what he does around about the box with his shooting. At 15, he was the best I have seen at finishing.”