Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal explained why he opted for James Wilson over Radamel Falcao on Sunday with a one-word answer: "Speed". But while the youngster may have plenty of that he failed to do anything of real note in the match against Liverpool.
Ultimately that did not matter, with United running out 3-0 winners courtesy of goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, but one wonders why Wilson is playing quite so much when Falcao appears ready if called upon.
Van Gaal recently claimed the Colombian was only fit enough to play for 20 minutes, and he may well be saving him for the battles ahead when it gets to the business-end of the campaign. But for all the experience Wilson is getting, United fans must hope his failure to score this season is not having a detrimental impact on his progress.
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Against Liverpool the United teenager had a 77 per cent passing accuracy while he touched the ball just 21 times in 71 minutes. He also failed to play a single key pass and his only shot failed to hit the target.
Wilson will come good; there is absolutely no doubt about that. He is a supremely gifted young player who can become a goal-scoring hero for United in the years to come.
But his contribution so far this season has been minimal and one wonders if he should be the impact sub from now on, rather than a player who is surely ready to show what he can do from the start in the form of Falcao.