James Wilson could have a first-team role at Old Trafford next season…
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Manchester United will block any approach for teenage sensation James Wilson, with incoming manager Louis van Gaal keen to take a look at the 18-year-old striker in training with the first-team squad before deciding on his future.
Wilson, who scored twice for United on debut against Hull City last season, has been the subject of loan inquiries from both Burnley and Wigan Athletic, according to reports in the Daily Star.
Van Gaal, who has signed a three-year deal to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, reportedly staged a meeting with former caretaker boss Ryan Giggs ahead of accepting the appointment, in order to discuss the club’s young talents. The Dutchman is eager to develop the best youth prospects at the club and Giggs, who gave Wilson his first start during his brief stint in charge, gave the youngster a glowing review.
The England Under-19 international first grabbed the headlines in 2012 when he scored five goals in a single game in a youth team fixture against Newcastle United, the second highest number of goals in a game at any level during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at United.
After a run of 11 goals in 10 games he was rewarded with his first professional contract on his 17th birthday. Eighteen months later, Wilson started United’s 3-1 victory over Hull, scoring twice before being replace by Robin van Persie.