Returning United forward James Wilson could be offered a golden ticket, but he must take it

Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United striker James Wilson returned to training yesterday just in time to seize a potential huge opportunity in Wayne Rooney's absence.

James Wilson, 18, has returned to training just in time for Manchester United's home game with Everton, which Wayne Rooney misses through suspension. 

On Monday, whilst participating in the opening 45 minutes of United's Premier League under-21 fixture, Wilson became Louis van Gaal's 11th casualty and it seemingly looked like the opportunity to replace Wayne Rooney in the first-team squad would pass him by. 

Nevertheless, the images of Wilson in talks with Van Gaal has sparked excitement among United supporters who now hope to see the youngster take to the field on Sunday. 

The talented striker made his Premier League and Manchester United debut at the end of last season, scoring twice, and was voiced as the major reason the Dutch manager allowed Danny Welbeck to leave for Arsenal.

Now, in light of the striker's fitness and opportunity, could be the perfect opportunity to repay the faith put in him by Louis van Gaal. 

However, if he fails to make an impact, the door could potentially close on the young talent for the foreseeable future considering the depth and quality United boast in their forward positions.

Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Will Keane, along with Wilson, make up Manchester United's strike force and one bad performance could potentially send him back to the under-21 side for the time being.

The importance of the opportunity is unlikely to be lost on the young striker, and if he does play out his skin and proves to be the difference against Everton then he is likely to see more first-team opportunities.

At 18, he is unlikely to become United's outright first choice this season, especially in the face of such substantial competition, but he can make a giant leap in his progress with a good performance on Sunday, if he is given the chance. 

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