The 18-year old made something of a reputation for himself at the tail end of last season, scoring twice on his senior debut in a 3-1 victory over Premier League rivals Hull City.
Despite his impressive goalscoring record in youth football - 12 goals in 17 youth games last season - it was still unlikely that the 18-year old would feature heavily for the Red Devils this season, a statement given more depth with his exclusion from United's US tour squad.
Whilst he will struggle to make an impact in Premier League football this season, he may be able to continue his promising career away from Old Trafford, and the perfect destination would be the former home of one of his current teammates.
Nick Powell spent last season with Wigan Athletic, appearing 42 times in all competitions, and impressing as he netted 12 times for the Latics. He ended the season as the club's top scorer, and his impressive form was rewarded with a call-up to United's squad for the US tour.
However, with his departure, and the loss of Jordi Gomez to Sunderland, the Latics have been left without a goalscoring striker. New signing Oriol Riera failed to register a single shot on his debut, and Grant Holt, Martyn Waghotn and Marc-Antoine Fortune hardly offer a consistent goalscoring threat. They are said to be in the market for a new striker, and Wilson would represent the perfect bet.
His hunger to succeed would inject a new sense of energy into the sterile front line at the DW Stadium, and his proven goalscoring talents - he netted four goals in one game against rivals Manchester City last week - could be the difference in a successful promotion push.
Whilst the club would benefit from the arrival of Wilson, the 18-year old would also be involved in the first-team set-up immediately, helping him to progress at a rapid rate. The lack of striking talent around him would work in his favour, as a starting role would be his to take advantage of.
Despite having never spent a spell away from Old Trafford, the age of 18 represents a key time in a youngster's career. If he remains in Manchester, a season of youth football may prove fruitful but not progressive. Whereas, if he can seal a temporary move away, he may score fewer goals, but inevitably help the long-term aspect of his career.
And Wigan may just be the perfect place for that to occur.
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