Manchester United youngster James Wilson is adamant on proving himself at Manchester United next season.
James Wilson made his Manchester United first team debut in a 3-1 win over Hull City on 6th May, 2014, in which he managed to score a brace. The youngster has since been viewed as a promising prospect by the Old Trafford faithful, but has had limited chances to prove his worth under Louis van Gaal, and has spent most of the time in the U21 squad, or out on loan.
The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Brighton. He arrived at the Championship club in December, and has since managed to score five goals for the Seagulls, including a crucial stoppage-time equaliser against Derby this Monday, and the pacey forward can also help them secure an automatic promotion with a win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
But while the striker is enjoying his time at the Amex, he is itching to get back to the Theatre of Dreams and prove himself on the bigger stage.
Speaking to The Mirror, Wilson said: “The whole point of this loan move is to gain valuable experience. I think I’ve done that – and then some. My full focus is on Brighton for the rest of the season. But I’ve got to go back and show what I can do for the next season.
“And this will be valuable experience playing Boro – it will be like a playoff final. Other than my debut, this is the most pressure game I’ve been in. We’re all looking forward to going up to Boro and hopefully getting a result.
Wilson also revealed that he’s still in touch with his United teammates, and they play a part in motivating each other.
“We’re all in a group chat with the United players and we’re all willing each other on to do certain things either individually or as a team. I wish them all the best for the FA Cup. It’s the best of both worlds,” he said.
The United academy graduate also added that his loan move to Brighton has helped him mature as a player as well as a person.
“I’m more of an extrovert now. I was quite shy when I first came in. I think I’ve developed as a player and as a person as well. That was a big part of me moving away from Manchester. I’ve always been in and around Manchester since I was seven. I’m used to whatever goes on and moving up the age groups.
“This was something very different. I’ve enjoyed my time and hopefully we can do it for the fans and get promoted to the Premier League.”
The young Englishman has the necessary talent to succeed, and will be looking to emulate the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford and establish himself as an integral part of the Red Devils’ squad next season.