It was somewhat of a surprise to see the name of James Wilson on Manchester United’s teamsheet ahead of their game against Hull City, but it wasn’t long before the youngster justified his place.
Handed his first-team debut by Ryan Giggs, the 18-year-old striker fired United into the lead with a well taken finish, before showing predatory instincts to prod home after Marouane Fellaini’s initial shot was saved for their second.
It capped off a brilliant first appearance for the England youth international, before he was substituted in the 64th minute, which prompted Giggs to declare him an ‘exciting’ prospect when he conducted his end of season speech to the fans inside Old Trafford at the end of the game.
Wilson’s departure didn’t stop the scoring entirely with United eventually running out 3-1 winners over the Tigers.
Hull played like a team that have already achieved their aim of staying in the Premier League this season, and although a fine strike from Matty Fryatt did mean they threatened a comeback, a late goal from Wilson’s replacement, Robin van Persie, ensured United had a comfortable victory.
The game in itself may have been a rather meaningless affair, but it was one that Wilson and his family will never forget. Indeed, his mother and father were pictured filming their son’s goal at half-time on one of the big screens inside the ground.
Wilson’s brace means that he is the first United player to score more than one goal on debut since Wayne Rooney did so in 2004 against Fenerbahce.