David Moyes has hinted he may hand James Wilson a senior debut before the end of the season after circumstances dictated that he was unable to make his bow at Newcastle United.
The 18-year-old striker was on the bench at St James' Park but Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini were injured and that affected the manager's tactical plans. After returning to Under-21 duty but being withdrawn due to an injury himself on Thursday night against Norwich City, Wilson will hope for another chance to link up with the first team in the remaining games.
"If the opportunity had been right at Newcastle, I'd have tried to get him some minutes on the pitch," revealed Moyes to MUTV. "As it was, we lost a couple of people in the game to injury so we had to make substitutions and we couldn't get to a position to give him some minutes. He's done well in the Reserves and earned an opportunity.
"I think he's got a good chance, the boy, and we want to keep him right but keep moving him up and progressing him when we think the opportunities are there.
"If the opportunity comes [before the end of the season], we'll do so but we have a lot of people looking for a game."