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James Wilson: I'm fit enough to play on the wing

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Manchester United striker James Wilson has provided Louis van Gaal with some food for thought when it comes to his forthcoming team selection between now and the end of the season after declaring himself fit enough to play on the wing at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils youngster made his senior breakthrough at the Theatre of Dreams as a centre-forward this season, but revealed in a recent interview with the 'Inside United' magazine that his early days in the club's academy were spent out on the touchline.

A succession of injury problems in the youth team presented Wilson with an opportunity to play in a central striker role, and after impressing with a number of goalscoring displays the 19-year-old has not looked back since.

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However, the talented teenager maintains that he still has all the necessary attributes to play as a wide-man, and claimed his improved level of fitness makes him even better suited to that position.

"I started out as a winger but I think my biggest downfall was probably my fitness," he was quoted saying by Manchester United's official website. "I wasn't really fit enough to be a winger at one point!

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"I think there was a point in the Under-15s or Under-16s when I wasn't fit enough to be a winger, so they put me up front for a few games and I scored a few goals, so it has all gone on from there.

"Now, I am probably fit enough to play on the wing, so I have always got that in my locker."

The revelations is sure to worry the likes of Angel di Maria, who is already struggling to cement his place in the Manchester United line-up following a disappointing debut campaign with the Premier League giants.

The Argentina international has failed to maintain his fitness and form since joining the club from Real Madrid in a club-record £59.7 million last summer, but will be hoping to make a more positive impact next term.

However, the fact he could face increased competition for a position in Van Gaal's starting XI in 2015/16 will mean Wilson's comments are unlikely to be welcomed by the South American.

Earlier today Manchester United confirmed they've reached agreement with PSV Eindhoven over the prospective transfer of Memphis Depay - another fleet-footed forward that is sure to strengthen the veteran Dutch coach's options in attack.

Add to that the fact that Luis Nani could return from a productive season-long loan spell with Sporting Lisbon and Di Maria's hopes of becoming a permanent fixture in the Red Devils team appear increasingly slim.

Manchester United fans: Do you think James Wilson will ever be deployed as a winger by Louis van Gaal? And what will that mean for Angel di Maria? Share your thoughts below…

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