James Wilson backed by Lionel Messi to become a star

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Manchester United striker James Wilson is one of 10 young players who have been backed by the world’s greatest footballer, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Messi - with a little help from adidas - has identified the 19-year-old as a potential star of tomorrow, along with the likes of talented Germany Under-21 international Timo Werner and Chelsea duo Kenedy and Jeremy Boga, per the Mirror.

adidas have released a new video, featuring mini interviews with the 10 chosen ones, and you can see it by scrolling a little further down this page.


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In the video, Wilson says: “My greatest career achievement so far: I’ve managed to score for the Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-21s and eventually the first team.”

Indeed, Wilson burst onto the scene at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, when Manchester United’s then interim manager Ryan Giggs handed the livewire striker his debut against Hull City. He responded by scoring two goals in a 3-1 victory, cementing his status as one of the most exciting youngsters at Old Trafford in the process.

Wilson should have been sent out on loan

United boss Louis van Gaal handed Wilson 17 opportunities to impress last season, but the England Under-21 international only managed to score two goals in return.

Wilson was expected to gain some valuable experience out on loan this season with a Championship club - a temporary move to Derby County was mooted at the end of the summer transfer window - but a deal failed to materialise.

Martial arrival could be bad for Wilson

The teenager has subsequently found it difficult to break into United’s starting line-up - particularly with £36 million summer signing Anthony Martial performing so well - leading to renewed speculation about a temporary move away from Old Trafford when the transfer window re-opens in January.

If Manchester United manage him right, Wilson will become a major star - he appears to possess all the tools required to become an all-round striker - but it’s imperative that he plays regularly, anywhere, at this crucial stage of his career.

Manchester United fans: will James Wilson make it at Old Trafford? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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