Darren Fletcher explains disappointing James Wilson display in under-21 final

Old Trafford

Manchester United striker unable to make telling impact in under-21 final.

A week ago James Wilson lit up Old Trafford, scoring twice on his first team debut in a 3-1 win over Hull.

So when the under-21s took on Chelsea in the season finale last night, expectations were at ridiculously high levels.

It did not go to plan however, Chelsea spoiled the party, winning 2-1 and the trophy with it, and Wilson made little impact.

But there was a perfectly reasonable explanation behind his uneventful performance, explained by first team midfielder Darren Fletcher, who was working as a guest pundit for SkySports.

He claimed Wilson was playing through injury, which limited himself and his team.

"I know James Wilson was injured beforehand, he wasn't fully fit. They were without a recognised striker."

Wilson did not receive great service on the night, but was relatively anonymous compared to impressive teammate Tom Lawrence.

He was substituted midway through the second half for James Weir, but United slipped to defeat to the Chelsea side who had finished the league standings in first position, thanks to a Lewis Baker goal.

Fletcher remains high on Wilson's talent, stating before the game: "He's a natural, always in the right place at the right time, not just tap-ins either. It didn't surprise me he scored on his debut."

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