Former Manchester United star James Wilson has named his one regret after leaving the club.
Wilson came through United’s academy and scored two goals on his full debut against Hull back in May 2014. It was a sensational debut from Wilson and he was immediately viewed as the heir to Robin van Persie in attack at Old Trafford.
However, Wilson’s career at United failed to take off and he left the club on various loan spells in search of regular minutes. Wilson eventually left United on a permanent transfer to Aberdeen in 2019 with a total of four goals in 20 appearances for the Reds.
Wilson has since played for Class of ’92 owned Salford in League Two but he made a move to Port Vale in the summer. Port Vale have made the League Two play-offs this season and Wilson’s goals have been crucial in getting them into that position.
The forward has scored 12 goals for his club this season and he’s now reflected on his years spent at United. Wilson has admitted that he wished he had enjoyed his football more when at Old Trafford, which is valuable advice for the club’s current crop of youngsters.
“I’ve had lows and dark times, but they can be outweighed by highs of experiences and people you meet,” Wilson told the Daily Mail.
“I got scouted when I was seven playing for a local team in Stoke and ended up at United’s academy from then until my early 20s. Because I broke through at such an early age, I was naive to it. I didn’t see the effects of the pressure of so many fans there.
“If people want to say I am a failure, they can have that opinion, but all that I can say is that I am working so hard week in, week out to try to get my career back to what it was. If I had advice for my younger self, it would be to enjoy your football.
“I didn’t realise it at the time as I came through so young.”
Hello and welcome to the Manchester Evening News’ live coverage of Manchester City’s trip to West Ham United in the Premier League this afternoon, kick-off 2:00pm.
Following Wednesday evening’s thumping 5-1 win over Wolves at Molineux, City will be aiming to take another giant stride towards retaining their Premier League crown this afternoon. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne (four) and Raheem Sterling moved City three points clear at the top in midweek, meaning another victory this afternoon would take them six points clear of Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, who won the FA Cup on Saturday evening, still have two games left to play, meaning a win for City this afternoon will not wrap up the title. However, it will leave them requiring just a point on the final day against Aston Villa if Liverpool beat Southampton on Tuesday night.
Manager Pep Guardiola could have some difficult decisions to make as far as his starting line-up is concerned, particularly in defence. Doubts have been cast over the availability of both Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho, meaning the Catalan could be forced to deploy a makeshift defence.
As well as that, the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus will be pushing for starts after being named on the bench at Molineux. Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all of the build-up, confirmed team news and live updates from the London Stadium.
This whole day at the London Stadium has been dedicated to West Ham skipper Mark Noble on his last home appearance, and that could make a difficult match even trickier for the Blues. The Hammers players who have been dominating the big screen pre-match paying tribute to the veteran servant won’t want to send him off with a defeat, and the fact that they can still get European football next season will be an additional factor.
The fact that Ferandinho and Laporte are both deemed fit to play is a huge bonus, especially with Michail Antonio recovering to play. The question is how much of a risk it is for them to start so soon after match-ending injuries on Wednesday.
But Ake, still struggling a little with an ankle issue, showed he can step up from the bench if needed.
Aymeric Laporte is on the team bus and is part of the matchday squad, which is great news for the Blues. He trained yesterday with his injured knee heavily strapped, but it looks like he has been asked to grit his teeth and get City through this game, presumably in tandem with Nathan Ake.
City’s success has been built on the collective threat but West Ham must be sorely tempted to stick as many men as they can on Kevin De Bruyne after his four goals against Wolves. In a week where the 2011/12 team have been in town to celebrate their title victory, De Bruyne summoned up the spirit and quality of Yaya Toure with an unstoppable performance. Another strong display today would further enhance his credentials as the Player of the Season.