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James Wilson reveals Mourinho’s advice, explains why he joined Derby on loan

Manchester United’s promising poacher James Wilson has moved out on loan to Derby County in a bid to gain more first-team football and eventually break into United’s senior squad. The English striker, nowhere near United’s first team but able to record computer numbers in the reserves, has now moved on to Championship pastures to gain football, but not without meetings with United manager Jose Mourinho.

Wilson said that Mourinho sent him out to Derby because he believes it is a good club. According to Wilson, Mourinho wants to see games and goals from the young Englishman, whose first team football was hampered when Radamel Falcao joined United. Wilson added that conversations with United midfielder Jesse Lingard and Burnley defender (formerly United) Michael Keane reaffirmed his decision to move to Derby.

“I had a few meetings with Jose before heading out here and he said that he wants to see me playing games and scoring goals.

“He said that Derby was a good club. I also spoke to both Jesse [Lingard] and Michael [Keane] before coming here, and they said that I would be making a good decision to join the club.”

Even though his eventual goal is to play for United, Wilson is putting his short term desires first, stating that his focus is completely on helping Derby win matches with his vast potential. Focusing on gaining experience and simply improving as a footballer, Wilson seems to want to work harder to improve more and eventually play for United, which is always a great sign.

“I want to play games, I want to score goals, I want to gain more experience and my focus is entirely on Derby County at the moment.”

Wilson made his debut after recording computer numbers in the U21’s for years after interim manager Ryan Giggs decided it was time to give youth a chance. Scoring two goals that day, Wilson was earmarked as the next great United talent, and though his development was stunted by United’s extensive purchase of strikers, he still grabbed a couple of goals in Louis van Gaal’s first season. Now, he is 20, and firmly focused on first team football at Derby, and eventually, United.

I am a great admirer of Wilson- I think his movement is good, his statistics are great and if he can do half what he did in the U21’s, he could be a part of United’s strike force for a long time. However, the likes of Memphis, Anthony Martial. and Marcus Rashford seems to be a step ahead of him, along with Will Keane, and he has some work to do to catch up. Keane, at 23, likely doesn’t have a future for United, and Wilson, 20, will probably see two years on loan in which he is given the chance to prove his worth. If the first loan spell is successful, the second one should be in the Premier League.

In the ideal situation, United will find a potential world class, different option in Wilson, who is like Javier Hernandez, or Ruud van Nistelrooy, in the sense most of his striking prowess occurs in the penalty box. However, Wilson needs to ensure that he continues to work hard towards playing his best football. A United-quality striker would score 20 in the Championship, but if Wilson can get 20 combined goals and assists, he would be making great progress.

Written by Aaron Moniz

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