Does James Wilson deserve the chance to start over Robin Van Persie?

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Manchester United haven't seen the best of Robin Van Persie this year, whilst James Wilson has impressed from the bench on numerous occasions.

There is a positive atmosphere around Old Trafford at the moment thanks to last weeks win over Arsenal. Louis Van Gaal was in high spirits as he switched on the club's Christmas lights on Thursday and they head into home games against Hull City and Stoke City confident of six points.

Despite some mixed results and performances throughout the season, the general consensus from United fans is that the team is improving, and they're heading in the right direction. Injuries haven't made it easy for Louis Van Gaal in defence, but in the attacking areas he is spoilt for choice. However the big stars of the team haven't contributed in the way that would be expected of them.

Angel Di Maria's performances have dropped off, Falcao doesn't seem like he will ever be fit and Robin Van Persie is just a shadow of his former self. His 13 touches against Arsenal last weekend highlighted the fact he isn't the talisman he once was. He was played in a wide role but even so you expect him to make a bigger impact.

James Wilson replaced Van Persie in the 75th minute of that game and went on to outperform the Dutchman with ease. Its exciting to see any young player come through the ranks to the first team, and Wilson's appearances for United have got the fans talking with many calling for him to be handed a start.

RVP hasn't done enough this season to warrant a starting place, and what better game to throw Wilson into then against Hull City on Saturday at Old Trafford? He of course made his debut in the same fixture last season under Ryan Giggs and went on to score two goals in a 3-1 win.

Rooney won't be dropped and with the uncertainty surrounding Falcao, Van Gaal needs to give Wilson his chance to continue the good vibe amongst the fans of the club. Many feel Van Persie is on his way out, with his lacklustre displays not giving them much hope for the future.

Wilson's heart on his sleeve performances are exactly what United need at this stage, and if Van Gaal makes the brave move on Saturday he won't regret it.

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