James Wilson: Is the Manchester United youngster the next Ruud van Nistelrooy?

Wilson enjoyed a dream debut for United on Tuesday night

Ryan Giggs named a surprise in his Manchester United teamsheet, starting James Wilson, in the No 47 shirt, up front on his own against Hull City.

But the interim-player manager's selection of the 18-year-old, who has featured for United's Under-21 side this season was more than justified, after he scored twice on a stunning first-team debut.

There has only ever been one other Manchester United player to score twice on his Premier League debut - Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The prolific Dutchman Van Nistelrooy, who went on to score 95 goals in 150 league matches scored twice on his debut for the club in the division, in United's 3-2 home win over Fulham on 19 August 2001.

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Comment: Giggs bloods young talent

And at the age of just 18 years and 156 days, Wilson, from Stoke-on-Trent, also became the fourth youngest United goalscorer in the Premier League.

Youngest United Premier League goalscorers

F Macheda (17 years, 226 days)

D Welbeck (17 years, 355 days)

Rafael (18 years, 122 days)

J Wilson (18 years, 156 days)

 

Robin van Persie, who replaced Wilson in the 64th minute, said that it was a "special" debut for the youngster.

"James played really well," Van Persie said. "I know how hard it is to make your [United] debut - I made mine when I was about 29! I know how special it can be. He made it very special for himself and for everyone tonight. To score two goals is really special."

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