Former Manchester United star James Wilson has mentioned his only regret after leaving the club.
Coming through United’s academy, Wilson scored two goals in his full-length debut against Hull in May 2014. It was a sensational debut from Wilson and he was immediately seen as Robin van Persie’s heir in the attack at Old Trafford.
However, Wilson’s career at United failed to take off and he left the club on several loan spells in search of regular minutes. Wilson eventually left United on a permanent transfer to Aberdeen in 2019, scoring a total of four goals in 20 appearances for the Reds.
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Wilson has since played for Class of ’92 owned Salford in League Two, but made the move to Port Vale in the summer. Port Vale have made it to the League Two play-offs this season and Wilson’s goals were crucial in getting them to that position.
The attacker has scored 12 goals for his club this season and he now looks back on his years at United. Wilson has admitted he wished he had enjoyed his football more at Old Trafford, which is valuable advice for the club’s current youth.
“I’ve had lows and dark times, but those can be offset by highs of experiences and people you meet,” Wilson told the Daily Mail.
“I was scouted when I was seven and played for a local team in Stoke and ended up at United’s academy from then until my early 20s. Breaking through at such a young age, I was naive. I saw the effects of the pressure from so many fans there.
“If people want to say I’m a failure, they can have that opinion, but all I can say is that I work so hard week after week trying to get my career back to what it was. younger self, it would be to enjoy your football.
“I didn’t realize it at the time because I came through so young.”
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