Bad news for Angel Di Maria? Manchester United prospect James Wilson says he can play on the wing

Angel Di Maria

Under-fire Manhester United midfielder Angel Di Maria could have more competition for his shirt after James Wilson announced himself fit enough to play on the wing.

Highly-rated forward James Wilson looks to be eyeing more than one way of breaking into the Manchester United side after announcing himself fit enough to play on the wing.

The 19-year-old told the club's official website of his journey from the academy to the first team and mentioned that although he is now seen as very much a striker, he did start on the wing and is now more capable of filling that role.

‘’I started out as a winger but I think my biggest downfall was probably my fitness,’’ said Wilson. ‘’I wasn’t fit enough to be a winger at one point.

‘’I think there was a point in the U15s or U16s when I wasn’t fit enough to be a winger, so they put me up front for a few games and I scored a few goals, so it has all gone from there.

‘’Now, I am probably fit enough to play on the wing, so I have always got that in my locker.’’

The announcement from the youngster to the press is a very clever one as it could up the ante on Angel Di Maria after a torrid run of form which has seen him drop to the bench.

Last month, the Mirror reported that he could also leave United when the transfer window opens, which would give Wilson more of a chance.

Can Wilson have a future at United in a wide role?

Louis van Gaal will certainly look to use the versatility of Wilson should he sell Angel Di Maria in the summer, and may even look to use it as a reason to rid himself of the Argentine in the first place.

Wilson is unquestionably a talented player, with a big future at the club, but needs to get his foot in the door in order to stake a claim at becoming a regular first team player at Old Trafford.

With Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney in front of him in the attacking positions, it could be an idea to put the England Under-20 international on the wing late on in games to see if he can make an impact.

Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard will all be vying for a similar chance but the extra bonus of Wilson being a forward could see him get the nod for the bench over his peers in the near future.

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