The young striker scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against the USA Under-23 side.
Whilst team-mates Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were getting man of the match and scoring on international duty themselves respectively Wilson had a dream debut for the age group.
He scored with his first touch, a poacher’s goal from yards out. Duncan Watmore’s run had been blocked but the ball ricocheted into Wilson’s path – and he scored a goal former United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy would have been proud of.
His goal was not the only highlight of his performance. His pace caused trouble and he also played a delectable through ball that would have made Juan Mata stand and salute.
It was a timely performance. United boss Van Gaal is short of striking options and after recently allowing Adnan Januzaj to join Borussia Dortmund on loan, as well as signing Anthony Martial for a whopping fee, nobody seems to know the attacking plans for LvG going forward.
Wilson will just hope his goal gives him a chance of creeping into the fold.
Here is how United fans reacted on Twitter…
Good to see Fellaini & Wilson (U21 debt) on target tonight. Can see both getting some game time soon given our lack of goals... #MUFC— Ryan Kenealy (@ryan_kenealy) September 3, 2015
Would love to see Wilson upfront more for us this season! Two class U21 strikers… hopefully. #MUFC— Lucy Sharratt (@LucySharratt) September 3, 2015
Nice to see Wilson scoring on his England U21's debut. Even if it was a tap in. #MUFC— Lee Parkinson (@P4RTY) September 3, 2015
Fellaini and Wilson scoring is a great start to the International break. Two players that need a confidence boost, and they've got it. #mufc— Hashbrown (@hesham786) September 3, 2015
I want to see Wilson get played this season! Kid is mental! #MUFC— Charlie. (@ManLikeMata) September 3, 2015
LVG to mess with everyone, starting Martial and Wilson vs Liverpool #MUFC— Get your Faxstraight (@OliverSlingers) September 3, 2015
Of course Wilson bagged on his debut gotta keep hold of him he'll be a proper goal scorer for years to come #MUFC— James Winterbottom (@Jamesicey) September 3, 2015
Cannot understand WHY LvG would want to send Wilson on loan...I'd start him in the next game!!! #mufc— Manish Pandey (@_ManishPandey) September 3, 2015
James Wilson has to get a chance this season- pace and an eye for goal. LVG you gave Kluivert a chance it's Wilson turn now #MUFC— Shailesh Patel (@smanu_1986) September 3, 2015
James Wilson looking sharp