Juan Mata backs Manchester United wonder kid for bright future

Old Trafford

Juan Mata believes James Wilson has all the right ingredients to become an important player for Manchester United.

Highly-rated United youngster James Wilson showed again last night against Cambridge United that he has the potential to become a very fine striker.

The 19-year-old replaced the misfiring Robin van Persie just after the hour mark and looked a constant threat from the get-go. He deservedly rounded off United's comfortable 3-0 win with a superb left-footed strike from just outside the 18-yard box.

Following the match, the player who opened United's scoring, Juan Mata, spoke to talkSPORT about the young English forward's ability.

“James has a great future ahead of him,” said the Spaniard.

“Everyone can see he has a great left foot, it’s incredible the way he can finish. His touch is good and he is quick as well; he has everything to succeed.

“He will have to be patient because there are a lot of other players in the team, but I think he can be very important to the club in the future.”

Wilson has been thrust into the United first team this season after seeing fellow strikers Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez depart for other clubs.

He managed to score two goals on his debut against Hull City last season, but has yet to find the same goalscoring touch in the Premier League this time round with only one goal in 11 to his name.

The positive thing about him though is that he covers a huge amount of ground for a striker and as he showed yesterday, he doesn't have a problem tracking back and breaking down the opposition attack with his very impressive work rate.

It's difficult to pick out any obvious weaknesses in his game, he will obviously need to up his goal ratio, but that will come with confidence and experience. Training every day with the likes of van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney will help him immensely in that aspect.

His pace and lethal finishing are by far his strongest assets at present. If he can fill out his body, the way Welbeck did, without losing that burst of acceleration, then there's little reason why he can't be the next Manchester United youth prodigy.

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