Manchester United’s young striker James Wilson has admitted it is an important time for him to prove himself to new boss, Louis van Gaal.
The youngster is keen to impress following the departures of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal and Javier Hernandez, on loan to Real Madrid.
Wilson came on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday and is battling for a starting place with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
The 18-year-old said: “It’s an important time for me.
“Obviously with those two going – Chicha on loan and Danny getting a move to Arsenal – it’s given me a great opportunity.
“It’s going to be really important for me to get the minutes on the pitch.
“Obviously with the competition in training and even in the games as well, if I can just get a few minutes here and there, then hopefully I can get my chance further down the line.”
Wilson, who marked his debut last season with two goals against Hull City, said he has no issues with playing for the Under-21s as well.
He added: “It’s very, very important because if I’m not getting the minutes on the pitch for the first team, then I’ll be happy to play for the Under-21s and get my match fitness in.
“You can simulate a game in training but it’s never going to be the same as a 90-minute game.
“So it will be good to get minutes on the pitch for the Under-21s as well.”