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James Wilson passes fitness test despite injury problems

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that James Wilson is fit to face Sunderland tomorrow afternoon, despite suffering a dead leg in reserve-team action earlier this week.

Wilson started United's latest U21 Premier League match on Monday, also against the Mackems, but lasted just 39 minutes at a time when Van Gaal is short of strikers.

Van Gaal will be without Robin van Persie for a few weeks at the very least as he continues to struggle with an ankle problem, so news that Wilson is ready to compete with Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao for a starting spot this weekend comes as a welcome injury boost.

Should Wilson start?

If the 19-year-old is anywhere near full fitness surely he's in Van Gaal's consideration for only his second Premier League start of the season and just the third of his fledging career.

Falcao has failed to deliver the goods during a sustained run in the starting XI since Christmas, while Rooney has also endured a relatively lean spell in front of goal which can largely be put down to a deeper midfield role.

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Van Gaal should take a measured gamble

Wilson would be able to offer United something they've lacked in attack from the beginning of matches all season long, the ability to run in-behind and stretch defences so that a technically-gifted cast of Red Devils playmakers have extra space to make things happen.

The vast majority of Old Trafford regulars would surely welcome any move from Van Gaal to give Wilson a chance, given both the club and their Dutch manager's past commitment to harnessing young talent.

Reluctantly Van Gaal should probably accept that the door has already closed on Falcao joining United permanently, because a haul of four goals in 21 games frankly doesn't come close to justifying a permanent transfer fee of £43 million.

With Van Persie out Van Gaal should blood Wilson while he has the chance against Sunderland, because United have a very tricky run of fixtures coming up and the chance may not come again this season.

Man United fans, would you like to see Wilson start ahead of Falcao tomorrow or is too soon for the promising youngster? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!

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