Paul Scholes: Manchester United's James Wilson needs to do more

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Paul Scholes has challenged James Wilson to do more for Manchester United.

Manchester United hero Paul Scholes has urged James Wilson to do more to make himself indispensable to the first team, via the Independent.

Scholes brought up Wilson's substitute role at Manchester United as similar to the issue Everton's Ross Barkley faces for England, where he is getting playing time off the bench, but not making enough of an impact to demand more.

Wilson, 19, has been integrated into the first team at United after scoring twice on his debut at the end of last season against Hull. That's a figure he is yet to top in the Premier League this season.

Scholes said: "That difficult moment when you have to move from being a kid with potential to a consistent first-team regular who is one of the mainstays of the team is hard for young players.

"Many don’t get the opportunity in the first place, or if they do they get only a brief one. At Manchester United, for example, the striker James Wilson has been given a number of chances this season and although he has done well, at no point has he made it impossible for Louis van Gaal to leave him out."

  TeamGoalsShots On TargetAssistsChances Created Subbed OnTotal AppearancesMins Played
James Wilson Manchester United 1 4 0 1 10 12 331

Wilson has made 12 appearances in the league for United this season, 10 as a substitute, but has managed only four shots on target in more than 300 minutes of football.

He is a highly rated young player and has been prolific in the under-21s for the last two seasons, but Scholes is right, he could do with making a big impact to really establish himself and showing his manager what he can do.

It was always going to be difficult for him to force his way past Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, and the loan signing of the Colombian has certainly limited his opportunities.

The problem he faces is that even if Falcao is not here next season, unless Wilson can seize his moment before the end of this season, there is a strong chance Louis van Gaal goes out and buys another striker, leaving him with just as much competition for places in 2015/16.

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