Wilson produced a great goal for United’s under-21 side at the start of this week and the Mirror’s report suggests that van Gaal may start the youngster against Crystal Palace this weekend.
That will anger Van Persie supporters but there are reasons why it’s the right time for him to make such a big call.
Palace are struggling in 17th place, just above the bottom three and they have a defence, which has conceded 19 goals, with QPR the only Premier League side to have conceded more this season.
That suggests that Wilson could be right in the mix in terms of the chances created by United’s talented attacking stars, potentially allowing him opportunities to get on the score sheet which will do his confidence the world of good.
The same could be said for Van Persie but the boss may want to just take the pressure off of him and give him a little rest before the international break and the Netherlands’ games against Mexico and Latvia.
Van Persie is a key figure for the Dutch national side and will more than likely play in both games.
Van Gaal may feel that he has enough in the form of Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to get over the winning line in the game against Palace, which presents him with the luxury of being able to offer one of his older players a little extra rest.
That’s all it should be viewed as, rather than a snub or a sign that van Gaal doesn’t believe in Van Persie’s ability anymore because that’s nonsense.
Van Persie showed against Chelsea how important he’s going to be against the bigger sides over the course of the season, as he kept his cool in a pressure situation to secure United a vital point.
Starting Wilson is always going to be a risk because he doesn’t have Van Persie’s background. However, it’s a gamble which could pay off because Wilson has the potential to push on and become one of the best youngsters in the Premier League.