Man United’s two-goal hero scoops top academy award

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Manchester United starlet James Wilson has been awarded the Academy Player of the Year award.

18-year-old starlet James Wilson has topped off an excellent week at Manchester United by winning the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award for 2014.

The England U19 international started the season playing for the United U18 team, but impressive performances saw him move up to the U19 squad, the U21 squad before finally making a first-team appearance during Man United’s recent 3-1 win over Hull City.

The Red Devils’ number 47 scored goals at all levels before his debut Premier League start against Hull City, and it was a game to remember as he netted an impressive double.

On picking up the award, Youth Team coach Paul MgGuinness had positive words for Man United’s young star before naming areas for improvement.

"It was straightforward really. Wilson is, by far, the outstanding player. He didn't play a lot of time in the Under-18s as he moved up to the Reserves but we don't always take it that they have to play for the Academy team and he had the Under-19s as well.” He told

"He has been a little disrupted by injury and illness but he's an outstanding prospect and is getting stronger and fitter. It's really helped him working up with Warren Joyce in that respect and, as he develops, so is his concentration"

"He needs to be in the game more and get into clever positions, whether he's attacking or defending, to win the ball back. He needs to play off the shoulder and stay onside and all these things but he's a great lad and I'm sure he'll keep working hard.”

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