PLAYER PROFILE

James Wilson

Birthdate:01 Dec 1995
Birthplace:Biddulph
Position:Striker
U18 Appearances:
U18 Goals scored:
Joined United:01 Jul 2012
United Debut:
International:England U19

Remarkably, he was handed an early taste of Reserves football when coming off the bench in the fixture at West Bromwich Albion and, providing he stays injury-free and continues developing at youth level, there should be plenty to look forward to for the Biddulph-born forward in terms of more opportunities at that level.

Wilson signed professional forms on his 17th birthday towards the end of 2012 but had to deal with injury issues throughout the campaign. Nevertheless, he was still top scorer and a final tally of 14 goals in 13 starts (five further appearances off the bench) demands attention.

Five of those strikes came in one memorable win at Newcastle, four inside the first half and they were his first efforts of the league programme. After scouring the record books, only Deiniol Graham's double hat-trick in an 8-2 thumping of Marine Reserves in early 1990 outscores Wilson throughout Sir Alex Ferguson's entire tenure at Old Trafford.

Wilson nudged his way into contention at Under-21 level and could find himself involved for both age-groups in 2013/2014 if he continues to impress. He netted in the Reserves' Manchester Senior Cup game at Bury and captained the Under-18s while

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