Paul Scholes believes that James Wilson has what it takes to establish himself in the Manchester United first team in the coming years.
Wilson has been on the books of the Red Devils since 2010 and made his debut for the first team last season.
The 18-year-old has been used on occasions by United manager Louis van Gaal, who seems to rate the teenager very highly.
Scholes, a former United midfielder, claims that Wilson can make himself a regular in the team.
“United have a fantastic history in producing players and there will always be boys who will want to come to the club,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Independent. “The issue is whether they are good enough for the first team.
“Some of the current lads who have been promoted, such as Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, have benefited from an injury crisis but will they be there in the long term? James Wilson clearly has a chance of making the grade.”
Van Gaal has been forced to use the likes of Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, but he has, in some ways, ‘chosen’ to make use of Wilson this campaign.
With Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney ahead of him in the pecking order, the England Under-20 international is unlikely to get too many minutes in the coming weeks.
However, Wilson is only 18 and is a talent that needs to be nurtured. In Van Gaal, he has someone who knows exactly how to do that.