After James Wilson’s fantastic debut for Manchester United Yesterday we look at 4 other recent impressive United debuts

So when the Manchester United line-up was announced yesterday and it included an 18 year old James Wilson you could be forgiven for thinking ‘Who?’

After James Wilson’s fantastic debut for Manchester United Yesterday we look at 4 other recent impressive United debuts

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Andy

May 7th, 2014

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So when the Manchester United line-up was announced yesterday and it included an 18 year old James Wilson you could be forgiven for thinking ‘Who?’

With an air of Sir Alex nostalgia, Ryan Giggs decided to keep alive the tradition of blooding the most promising starlets at the Man Utd end of season party. All be it, there is no party this year, just a few goodbyes and a serious amount of head scratching.  Nethertheless, Giggs named a fairly depleted side to welcome the Tigers to town. It was certainly a surprise decision to name two young (relatively unheard of) players in the starting line-up after a disappointing loss to Sunderland only a few days before. But, both Wilson and Tom Lawrence will have been eager to impress the Old Trafford faithful, and Wilson in particular grabbed the limelight (even from a departing Vidic) with an outstanding brace.  His opening goal coming just after the half hour mark, and adding a second to his tally in the 60th minute. Despite being replaced after 64 minutes, the 18-year-old gave United fans a glimpse in to what the future might just have in store.

So who else has dazzled during their opening 90 minutes for the Red Devils? We have a look at five recent impressive debuts for United starting with:

1)      Wayne Rooney – How many players can claim they scored a hat-trick on their debut? Not many I’d wager. At the time Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted saying he’d ‘Never seen a debut like it and he was 50!’ – There were worries that Rooney would be a little off pace having not played a competitive match in 3 months where he was sent off against Portugal in the Euros for England. Wayne was playing his first game with a massive £27million price on his head, the price which United paid Everton for his services. He could have been forgiven for maybe being a little nervous, after all he was only 18. Nerves? What nerves!

 

2)      Christiano Ronaldo – Signing for more than half what United had just received from Real Madrid for David Beckham not many would have envisioned just what a player they were about to witness before their eyes when the Red devils hosted Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford. He was sitting on the bench until the 60th minute when Sir Alex decided to throw him on for half an hour. Giggs scored twice that game and yet United fans left the game talking about only one player. The type of game he possessed was one the Premier League had probably never seen before. Skilful, fast and with an incredible flair he dazzled the United fans with his impressive cameo.  The recent Ballon d’or winner finally has evidence to support his claim in his ongoing battle for best player in the world with Lionel Messi, and his meteoric rise all began in a humble 4-0 victory that day.

 

3)      Federico Macheda – 17 years old, thrown in at the deep end with 30 minutes to go and United all square at 2-2 with Aston Villa. United needed a win to keep their Premier league title hopes alive and just as it looked like they would have to settle for the point, Macheda scored a curling beauty. United did go on to win the league title that year and a lot of people will look back on Macheda’s goal as the pivotal point. But where he is now? Well after some early career hype he faded away pretty quickly. This season he has been on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City finishing the season with a combined total of 13 goals.

 

4)      Ruud Van Nistelrooy – Ruud managed to bag a brace on his debut following on from a goal in his ‘kind of’ debut in the charity shield. After signing for £19million he downplayed any doubters suggestion the price tag was too high by saying “The price is not heavy for me – it lifts me up because it means United have big confidence in me.” Ruud had 5 successful seasons at United despite missing most of the 2004-2005 campaign and is one of the clubs all-time top scorers.

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