Highly-rated forward James Wilson has been heavily backed by Manchester United supporters to start against Crystal Palace this weekend, with 86% saying ‘yes’ in a Mirror poll.
The 18-year-old, who scored twice on his United debut in a 3-1 win over Hull City last season, has been in fantastic form for the United under-21 side this season, netting six goals, as well as making a good impression off the bench.
According to the Mirror, Robin van Persie could be dropped for the 18-year-old this weekend for their match against Crystal Palace, a move which you would think would stun fans.
However, according to the poll in the article, many are backing the decision with 86% voting ‘yes’ - he does deserve to start this weekend.
Wilson, who was included in the England under-20 side on Thursday, will be eager to improve if he does get the chance and would potentially offer more energy and fight than Van Persie has been showing in recent weeks.
A double on his debut last season will have given him an enormous amount of confidence, with regards to his ability of succeeding in the Premier League, and he will certainly fancy his chances to get on the scoresheet if played from the start.
Nevertheless, Robin van Persie is a world-class, proven, international striker despite his performances in recent weeks not reflecting that.
A start for Wilson does seem like an exciting prospect, but leaving a striker of Van Persie’s calibre on the bench in a must-win game could backfire. A loss for Manchester United at the weekend could see them drop further away from the top-four positions, perhaps even outside the top-half, so the pressure will be on.
To rest that on a teenager, no matter how talented, could be detrimental, leaving both club and player worse off for it if it doesn’t work out.