Manchester United forward James Wilson has revealed that the first time he played football with the club he was forced to endure an embarrassing experience for wearing the wrong boots.
The Manchester Evening News relays quotes from the youngster himself which reveal how he made a mistake whilst in the early stages of his development which still haunts him to this day. An assumed tradition ensures that United players in the academy must wear black boots, and Wilson decided to don red during his first trip to Carrington ten years ago.
Needless to say the striker soon realised his mistake and made an attempt to swiftly rectify it.
"I must have been nervous," Wilson said during an interview with AON.
"Actually I can remember - everyone wore black boots and I didn’t know so I had bright red boots on and stuck out like a sore thumb!
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"Actually I can remember - everyone wore black boots and I didn’t know so I had bright red boots on and stuck out like a sore thumb"
"I didn’t get the memo!! I didn’t wear the bright red boots on the second day!"
Quick rise to the top
Of course that fateful red-booted day has had little effect on Wilson’s career with regards to a negative influence. The 19-year-old made his first start under Louis van Gaal during the clash with Stoke City in mid-week - a match captain Wayne Rooney was forced to sit out due to a suspected injury.
That follows his impressive display as an impact-substitute against Arsenal, and the two goals he notched on his first-team debut against Hull City at the back-end of the last campaign after Ryan Giggs had taken over from David Moyes.
The aspiring striker has begun to attract plenty of plaudits for the maturity of his character, and seems to be quickly establishing himself in Van Gaal’s first-team along with fellow academy graduates Adnan Januzaj, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett.
Possibilities for the future
The Dutch boss is known for his tendency to offer players of the future a chance to rub shoulders with the senior members of the squad regularly, and as a result Red Devils fans have plenty to look forward to.
Wilson, who was earlier this week hailed by teammate McNair for ‘having everything’, might just become an important figure in the first-team setup given the dip in form suffered by Robin van Persie and the ongoing injury struggles Radamel Falcao is facing. The pair have both been relatively disappointing so far this season and one or both could find themselves playing at different clubs come next year.
That idea will certainly begin to pick up pace if Wilson continues his meteoric rise through the Old Trafford ranks, and though there’s some way for him to go yet if he wants to replicate the likes of Rooney time is definitely on his side.