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James Wilson was signed by Manchester United when he was just 7 years old. Since then, he has progressed through the club’s ranks.
He debuted for the U18s at the tender age of 14 in 2010, and became a regular for the U18s in the 2011-2012 season. Wilson progressed through the youth ranks rather quickly, playing for the U18s at 15, and for the U21s at 20.
Wilson was handed his first team debut by interim Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs in 2014 against Hull City at home, in Old Trafford. It was a dream debut for Wilson, where he scored 2 goals.
Wilson never could cement his first team spot, however, playing only 19 more times after his debut, most of which were substitute appearances.
The youngster then went on to have a below average loan spell at Brighton and Hove Albion, finding the net only five times in 25 appearances in the league.
Wilson did feature in the recent pre-season friendly vs Wigan under new manager José Mourinho. He was substituted at half time in place of fellow academy player Will Keane, after a lacklustre display. Will Keane then scored the opening goal after Mata intercepted a poor pass by Wigan Athletic’s goalkeeper.
And now, after being left out of Manchester United’s pre-season squad travelling to China, it looks clear that he may leave the club.
According to the Daily Mail, West Brom and Hull – the club he debuted against – are among the 12 clubs looking to acquire his signature.
However, Wilson is only open for a loan move. Newly relegated club Newcastle United also are linked to sign the youngster on a loan. It is now up to the player to decide what kind of a move he wants, and where.