The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder believes Wilson could star next term.
Manchester United are going into the new season with a serious shortage of strikers at Old Trafford. Radamel Falcao is gone, who has joined Chelsea, and Robin van Persie was sold to Fenerbahce.
So far no replacements have been found for the players, which leaves captain Wayne Rooney, recently loaned out Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as striker options at the club.
Memphis Depay may be employed up top, as could Adnan Januzaj – but really United need a new striker.
Although, Jamie Redknapp is not so sure.
The former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur player, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, told Sky Sports in a question and answer session, that he thinks Wilson could be the surprise player of this season.
He stated when asked who he thought would be the season's surprise player:
"I reckon James Wilson could be a real star at United. He needs time but Van Gaal has a history of giving young players a chance and with RVP and Falcao gone he could get that."
Wilson burst onto the scene for Manchester United in a 3-1 win against Hull City in May 2014, scoring two goals in the game.
He played 17 times last season, scoring twice, however he struggled with injury at times and would have likely played more had that not been the case.
This season it looks as though Wilson be a more regular feature in the United first-team, especially if they do not go on to sign another striker this summer.
With his pace and potent finishing, he very might well turn out to be the shock of the season.