Five United youngsters who could follow Wilson into the first-team

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After James Wilson's impressive Manchester United debut, we take a look at some of the club's hottest young prospects.

Manchester United's James Wilson burst onto the Premier League season on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace on his first official start for the Red Devils.

After a disappointing season at Old Trafford the 18-year-old produced the goods for interim manager Ryan Giggs, marking a memorable evening.

With such quality already coming through the youth ranks, we now turn our attention to the club's current academy stars.

Here are five names you could be hearing next season:

Saidy Janko

The club are expecting big things from talented Swiss defender Saidy Janko. Since joining the club on transfer deadline day last summer, he has impressed at both under-19 and under-21 level.

The 18-year-old plays primarily as a right full-back, but is equally adept on the right wing. He starred against the Red Devils in last season’s FIFA Blue Stars tournament which Zurich won in their home city. He could be the solution to the club’s search for defensive reinforcements.

Ben Pearson

The 19-year-old joined Man United back in 2004 and has worked his way through the ranks, gaining England recognition at youth level. It’s difficult not to draw comparisons to Paul Scholes, his style is reminiscent to the former Red Devil in the manner he manoeuvres and distributes the ball.

He is a complete midfielder with a slick range of passing and good movement. His performances at the heart of Paul McGuinness' U-21 side last season landed him the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award.

Andreas Pereira

18-year-old Andreas Pereira is proving himself as a fantastic prospect for United and, as such, he is currently rated as one of the most exciting talents in his age group. He is very comfortable in possession, he is also an excellent set-piece taker and had an impressive record at international level for the Belgium youth team.

Since signing from PSV Eindhoven he has captained the club to 2013 Milk Cup success, whilst featuring in every UEFA Youth League match this season.

Sean Goss

18-year-old Sean Goss is another highly-rated passer whose name is continually pulled up as a major hope for United's under-strength midfield.

The 18-year-old operates in the centre of the park and the consistency of his performances throughout the 2013/14 campaign have seen him likened to Michael Carrick. By both scoring and assisting goals, he has shown fantastic form, nailing down a regular starting place in Paul McGuinness' under-18 side.

Demetri Mitchell

Described as a potential game-changer, 17-year-old Demetri Mitchell is making waves in the Manchester United academy system.

He has explosive pace and have proven himself as an incredible asset in one-on-one situations, when he can accelerate away from his marker. He plays predominately on the wing, but can also play up front if required.

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