James Wilson has suggested that he is delighted to be given a chance in Manchester United's first team but insists it is important for him to get more game time.
The 18-year-old has benefitted significantly from Louis van Gaal's decision to sell Danny Welbeck and allow Javier Hernandez to leave on loan. He has since been involved as a substitute in games against Everton and Chelsea.
Having scored twice on his Premier League debut against Hull City in the closing stages of last season, much is expected of the young youth product, especially as the sale of Welbeck to Arsenal was directly linked to promoting Wilson.
Wilson says seeing Hernandez and Welbeck leave was a great show of faith from Van Gaal, and he is now hoping to kick on to become a first team regular. In fact he said that it is crucial that he starts to get more game time now.
He told ManUtd.com: "It's an important time for me," he said. "Obviously with those two going, Chicha on loan and Danny getting a move to Arsenal, it's given me a great opportunity.
"It's going to be really important for me to get the minutes on the pitch."
One glaring problem for Wilson is that Manchester United currently boast one of the most impressive forward lines in world football. Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao are both vying for a place while Wayne Rooney is also an accomplished striker.
Wilson replaced Falcao in the second half against Everton and Wilson says he was taken aback by the chance to share a moment with the Colombian superstar. But the best bit about that game was just getting on the pitch.
He continued: "It's great to be in contention with such names in the world of football as theirs. Obviously with the competition in training and even in the games as well, if I can just get a few minutes here and there, then hopefully I can get my chance further down the line."
"He came up to me and did the clap of the hands as he came off, and said 'good luck'.
"It was great being on the pitch being with the players and getting involved against Everton. It was brilliant, getting on, it was great."
Wilson is obviously understanding that game time may come at a premium for the next couple of seasons and, as a result, has been linked with a temporary move away from Old Trafford. However, Wilson has said he is happy to play for the Under-21 team and be a substitute for Manchester United for the time being.
"Obviously, it would be great to get on the pitch for a few minutes," he said. "Any minutes on the pitch really, whether it's for the first team or the Under-21s is great for me to get my fitness back.
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