Manchester United have always been known as a traditional footballing side, who nurture their own talents and help those players grow into top professionals. One man who really burst onto the scene a few years ago now was James Wilson.
The striker scored twice on his debut against Hull City, under the interim management of Ryan Giggs. However, since then things have gone rapidly downhill for the talented 21-year-old, after various failed loan moves coupled with injuries.
His latest setback came when he tore his ACL whilst on loan with Derby County before the turn of the year. Now, the young man has finally spoken out about the situation and it’s good to see that he is remaining upbeat about things.
“I was hoping that everything went well with the surgery,” James explains in an exclusive interview with Manchester United’s official TV channel, MUTV. “It was a very simple surgery, Steve Bollen did a great job in doing that. I just know I’m going to be back to what I was before anyway, so I’m just staying positive at the moment.
“With an ACL [anterior-cruciate ligament], you know it’s going to be like eight months and that pretty much ruled the season out. So, like I say, there is no rush for me. There are days when you’re just trying to get through it and keep going, I’d say, but I think I’m at the best club to come back to for the rehabilitation.”
“The positives are it’s a break and I can kind of work towards things I probably couldn’t do during the season. I’m working hard in the gym and that’s something I’ve probably not had the chance to do with games coming thick and fast everywhere. I think it has benefited me in that way. But, yeah, it’s very frustrating not to be out on the grass every day, knocking the ball about.”
“Well, I came back in the summer and my finishing was still there so hopefully, when I get back on the pitch, it will still be there,” he says. “I know it will be.”
As he says, he would have known at the time that his season was over. That would have been absolutely heartbreaking for the young man, who would have been keen on impressing Jose Mourinho to try and force his way into the mix.
Now, though, he has to concentrate on rehab and getting back to the player he was before his injury. It’s a proper shame that he’s been somewhat forgotten over the last couple of years because there isn’t an awful lot more he could have done.
Here is to hoping that he can get himself back and ready by the time our pre-season tour comes around. As we all know, Jose Mourinho will be willing to give everyone a chance to earn their spot in the squad, and maybe James Wilson can get his chance in a few friendlies – if he takes it, we could see a rejuvenated James Wilson right in the mix come August.