With the second-leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich just five days away, it was always going to be interesting to see who David Moyes picked for Manchester United’s match against Newcastle United this weekend.
But he pulled off something of a surprise by naming 18-year-old James Wilson on the substitutes’ bench. So for those wanting to know a little more about the teenage striker, here are five facts to get you started:
1) Wilson made his debut for United’s under-18s when he was just 15, scoring for good measure. He also grabbed five goals in a single match against Newcastle United – which bodes well for his possible senior debut.
2) The front-man really started making headlines when he netted a hat-trick for United’s under-21s against their Wolverhampton Wanderers counterparts earlier this season. That followed a UEFA Youth League campaign that saw him score five goals in six appearances.
3) Wilson was called up to England schoolboys while at under-15 level. He has featured for his country at both under-16 and under-19 level, scoring one goal to date for the latter age-group.
4) The 18-year-old is highly-rated at old Trafford, with many fans believing he is the best striker to come out of the club for some time. While Will Keane was championed for a first-team place prior to his injury lay-off, it seems Wilson now has the chance to show what he can do in what remains of this season.
5) Wilson regularly features ahead of his age-group, which demonstrates just how naturally-gifted he is. He has been given the number 47 shirt by Moyes this season, but if his current trajectory continues, he could have his eye on the number nine shirt sooner rather than later.