This Dutchman is perfect role model for James Wilson, says ex-Manchester United star Solskjaer

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged James Wilson to model his game around Robin van Persie.

Big things are expected of highly-rated Manchester United striker James Wilson after Louis van Gaal opted to sell Danny Welbeck in order to aid the youngster's development.

With Colombian star Radamel Falcao reportedly struggling for fitness, 19-year-old Wilson has been thrust into the United first team recently and has made two starts and five substitute appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

United's legendary striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be all too aware what it takes to make it as a prolific goalscorer at the club, and in an interview with United Review he admitted that despite never having coached Wilson, he knew the quick forward would get the chance to make it at the club.

The Norwegian said: "I never trained James Wilson during my time as Reserves manager at United, but I was well aware of him.

"I got to work with the gang from 1993, with Ryan Tunnicliffe, Paul Pogba and so on, but James was among the 1995 boys. I watched him regularly playing in the Under-18s and Under-16s and we all knew he was going to have a chance.

"There's definitely something there. He's got pace, he can finish and, when his body fills out, he'll improve even more.

Wilson scored two on his debut at home to Hull City last season, but in eight Premier League appearances this season he has failed to hit a single shot on target.

Solskjaer went on to add that Wilson should look to van Persie as a mentor, then he might rediscover his killer instinct in front of goal.

"As a young striker, he can't have a better mentor than Robin van Persie – my message would be to just copy your game from his, it's that simple!"

The experienced Dutchman hasn't had the best of times leading United's attack himself this season with some claiming he could be finished at the very top level of professional football. However van Persie has taken to the pitch to dispel such suggestions, scoring four in his last four games for the Red Devils.

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