Gary Neville runs rule over Man United’s forgotten striker

The former Man United defender can't understand why James Wilson isn't on the bench

Gary Neville says he can’t understand why James Wilson is unable to secure a place on the Manchester United bench.

Louis van Gaal started Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney in forward roles for their 3-2 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

I thought he’d be a natural to have on the bench. But it just hasn’t happened

Gary Neville

Martial scored twice for the Red Devils to take his United tally to three goals in three appearances, whilst Rooney failed to opening his league account.

Van Gaal opted against handing England Under-21 international Wilson a place on the bench despite regularly turning to the young striker last season.

And former United defender Neville is perplexed over Wilson’s fall from grace at Old Trafford in the opening months of the Premier League campaign.

“I don’t know what has happened to him. There was no centre-forward on the bench for Manchester United,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I don’t know why he is not. There was talk of him going on loan but since he hasn’t gone out on loan, I thought he’d be a natural to have on the bench. But it just hasn’t happened.”

Wilson scored two goals in 17 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils last season.

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The United youngster made his senior debut against Hull City under caretaker manager Ryan Giggs in 2014.

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