Man United's first-team squad is enhancing my development both as a person and a footballer, says Wi
Wilson assesses his growth at Man Utd.
Manchester United youngster James Wilson reckons his first full season with Louis van Gaal's first-team squad is helping him develop as a person and as a footballer.
Wilson made his senior debut last season [in May to be precise] when Ryan Giggs was appointed as interim manager at the club and the 19-year-old has participated in a couple of games this season under his new boss Van Gaal who isn’t shy of given youths a chance.
However, Wilson who is usually a quiet lad expressed his delight at being part of the senior team and hopes he can have a better impact in the second half of the season.
“The first few weeks were I suppose a bit strange because I hadn’t been around the players for long, which is natural. But the lads were all great with me and were constantly speaking to me," Wilson told United Review [Man Utd's official magazine] when asked if there was a particular moment when he first felt like a first-team player.
“I would say that I am a bit of a quiet person anyway, but they have helped me to progress as a person and a footballer. The point was probably just after the first two weeks when I was getting on the bench and making a few appearances. It was then when I thought ‘I’m in the squad now’.
“Even in training now I have felt a lot more confident, it has helped me a lot," he added. "They say your first goal of the season is probably the toughest one to score. Hopefully that is just my first one and I can keep going game by game, getting as many minutes as I can and a few more goals.”