Gary Neville hopeful James Wilson makes it through at Manchester United

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Gary Neville is hopeful James Wilson makes it through at Manchester United.

Gary Neville has named James Wilson as the Manchester United academy star he particularly hopes will make it as a first team regular.

Wilson has been on the fringes this season, getting rotated in and out of the side, but did not grab his chance in the same way he did at the end of 2013/14 when he bagged a brace on his debut against Hull.

The striker scored two goals in four starts in the FA Cup and Premier League, making a further 12 appearances as a substitute.

Speaking to SkySports, Neville said: "I hope to see James Wilson come through at United as I'm a United fan. Young players, its the model.

"Look at Barcelona, they've got a reputation for bringing players through. I can't think of any teams that have had sustained success that have not had players from that country and players who have come through the ranks."

Manchester United are often referred to as the standard for clubs to follow themselves, with Neville himself a product of the academy.

Wilson has a real chance to make it at United with their striking situation in flux, with Radamel Falcao departing and Robin van Persie having just one year remaining on his deal and falling out of favour.

It's disappointing that Wilson did not stake a stronger case for himself this year, and will need to hit the ground running in pre-season if he is to stay, as rival Premier League clubs have been linked with asking to take him on loan, West Brom most recently by The Mirror.

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