Former Manchester United ace David May believes that James Wilson’s appearance was one of the few positives to come out of the Red Devil’s heavy defeat last night.
Louis Van Gaal’s men were dumped out of the League Cup after a 4-0 defeat to MK Dons yesterday evening and it is a result which has raised further concerns about United’s squad this season.
Altough their starting line-up contained largely back-up players there was enough quality in it – with six internationals starting – to have beaten a side from the third tier, but they were comprehensively defeated.
MK strikers, Will Grigg and Benik Afobe, both bagged braces in their side’s most famous ever win and condemned United to one of their most humiliating defeats in living memory.
May admits that the loss was a low point in the club’s history, but he did want to focus on some of the positives that they could take and the brief cameo from Wilson was one of them.
The 18-year-old striker is considered United’s finest attacking prospect and he showed flashes of promise during his time on the pitch, even if it wasn’t enough to change the result.
“James Wilson came on and I thought he was one of the highlights,” May said to Sky Sports.
“It’s the other players who have to step up to that mark. The worrying thing is they didn’t.”
Wilson scored twice on his debut for the first team last season and there is a thought that he could be exposed to further first-team opportunities under Van Gaal.
His performance last night will not have done his chance any harm, either. Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, who are currently ahead of him in the Old Trafford pecking order, started the match but failed to make an impact and Wilson’s bright showing may have forced the new Dutch manager to reconsider his order of preference.
Wilson has been compared to having a similar playing style of play to Michael Owen – due to his electric pace and assured finishing - and the hope is that he can be England and United’s next great striker.