Reece James feels James Wilson's likely return can help fire Manchester United to four successive wins and a place in the semi-finals of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
A 1-0 defeat in dreadful weather at Newcastle United was a setback as it leaves the Reds in seventh place in the table, six points adrift of leaders Liverpool but only two behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Wilson has been struggling with illness and has been sorely missed as the team's spearhead as Warren Joyce's team have drawn consecutive blanks against Chelsea and Newcastle. James, who captained the team on Wednesday, is remaining positive about the chances of retaining the trophy.
"We have got to try to get in the play-offs via the top four," James told MUTV. "That's the aim. I think we've probably got to win our last four games now. It's possible. We have just got to try to do that.
"Hopefully Willo will be back for the next one and it will be a massive plus for us. We've struggled without him in the side because there is no striker in the team. We had a few chances but the final pass and clinical finish just wasn't there. Without an out-and-out striker, it's a bit of a struggle.
"The conditions were just awful but both teams have got to play in them so it's all fair. It was just a sloppy goal to concede, especially with the defensive record we have got."