Manchester United have always been famed for their belief in youth and their ability to churn out a high quality of players.

In recent seasons, the likes of Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj have all been promoted from the youth system and have featured prominently in the first team.

And it seems the system has worked it's magic again - this time in the form of 18 year old English striker James Wilson.

The pacey, explosive striker with a monster of a left foot has impressed since he joined United as a 15 year old schoolboy back in 2012. He scored a very good goal with his weaker right foot against Tottenham u21s yesterday to take his tally to 21 goals in as many games. Several days earlier, he hit a screamer against Aston Villa with boss David Moyes watching on from the stands.

Well respected men from within Old Trafford have already tipped Wilson for the top, including coach Clayton Blackmore, who recently said: "For me, it is only a matter of time before he (Wilson) 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."

Now, for an experienced coach to say that about any player will raise a few eyebrows, but to say it about a teenager makes it even more eye catching. It's not everyday you hear about an academy player who is "the best" finisher a Manchester United coach had ever seen.

For fans, it is incredibly exciting to see a young wonderkid pushing for first team football, especially with the goal record James Wilson has. You only have to look at Januzaj to see that Wilson will be given a chance to grab at some point.

Put on the bench against Newcastle in the last league game, it looks as like the young Englishman is in David Moyes' thoughts, and with both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney out for the season, we may seem him in the first team sooner than expected.

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