Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes that young striker James Wilson is ready for first-team duties despite the array of attacking talent at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils currently have Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao battling for the striker positions, as Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez departed due to increased competition.
The chances of Wilson becoming a permanent fixture in the United XI are slim to say the least, but boss Van Gaal has faith in the striker and told MUTV that he is ready.
"From what I have seen this season, [yes he is ready], but he was also injured a few times.” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
"He has already been knocking on the door for a long time, that I have said in many press conferences.
"That is not only because he substituted Robin van Persie in the last match. I believe in him but he has competition with [Radamel] Falcao and Robin van Persie."
The 18-year-old striker made his United debut towards the end of last season as he started the club’s 3-1 Premier League victory at home to Hull City.
It was a game to remember for the England U19 star as he marked the occasion with two goals before leaving the field to a standing ovation midway through the second half.
Wilson has continued to impress in the reserves and U21s this season, and scored all four goals in the U21 4-1 Manchester Cup victory over rivals City back in August.
The fans are certainly backing his inclusion, and a recent poll conducted by The Mirror showed that a whopping 86% would like to see him involved against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Judging by Van Gaal’s pre-match press conference comments, those fans might just get their wish.