Manchester United need their own Harry Kane to step up

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Manchester United need James Wilson to step up like Harry Kane did for Tottenham last season.

Manchester United's decision not to buy a striker this summer is opening the door to more opportunities for James Wilson.

The Red Devils have sold Robin van Persie and decided not to retain Radamel Falcao, leaving Wayne Rooney as the club's main striking option.

It leaves Wilson competing with Javier Hernandez for a back-up spot, and even if a deal for Pedro comes off, as reported by The Mirror, it need not block the youngster's development.

Louis van Gaal found space in his squad for Wilson last season, with the teenager making 13 Premier League appearances, and scoring twice in all competitions.

It was not the clinical return Wilson may have liked, unlike his debut against Hull the previous year in which he netted twice, but it was a learning curve for him, and indications are from pre-season that he remains in Van Gaal's plans.

United need him to step up this year, in a similar way to which Harry Kane did at Tottenham last year.

Amid a paucity of strike options at White Hart Lane, the England under-21 regular began staking his claim in cup competitions, eventually establishing himself as first choice.

What Kane had which he does not, is experience playing out on loan in the Football League, which pushed him to develop physically and adapt his game to ready him for the top level.

Had United bought Christian Benteke and kept Robin van Persie for instance, it's probable Wilson would already be out on loan right now - but with the situation as it is, letting him go on loan may not be best for him, if he can get chances at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils need him to show he has what it takes to bring his prolific under-21 goalscoring record to the first team, and there could even be a place on the bench against Kane's Spurs this coming weekend.

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