James Wilson made his first start of the season on Tuesday evening.
Wilson made his professional debut for Manchester United last season, scoring two goals in a 3-1 victory over Hull City at Old Trafford.
It was the only appearance the 19-year-old made for the Red Devils last term, but he continued to excel at youth level following his full-debut, registering an impressive tally of 12 goals in 17 games at Under-21 level for the 2013/14 campaign.
He has two goals in three appearances in the Under-21 Premier League this season, but his time has been better spent training and featuring in Louis van Gaal’s matchday squads on a number of occasions. He has yet to score for the Red Devils this season, but the youngster has totalled six appearances - with his first start of the season coming on Tuesday evening.
Wilson started the home tie against Stoke City, and put in a solid performance as United overcame their opponents by a 2-1 scoreline. He left the field in the 78th minute to be replaced by Falcao, and during his spell on the pitch he registered one shot, three successful dribbles and two tackles - all but outperforming strike partner Robin van Persie.
With van Persie out of form, many were glad to see Wilson given the chance to shine for United, and his performance bodes well for a continuation in the starting XI next week, with the Red Devils traveling to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton on Monday evening.
“He’s definitely one for the future,” the Australian said.
“I was impressed with him last night. That chance in the second half, if he had just rolled the ball to van Persie it probably would have been game over. But he’ll learn from that.
“His hold up play, and the way he dealt with defenders was very good in pressurised situations.”