Callum Wilson hoping to inflict more misery on struggling Man Utd as Newcastle new-boy aims to keep up red-hot form

CALLUM WILSON is fired up and ready to inflict more misery on Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost 14 of his flops to international duty after being humiliated 6-1 by Tottenham.


While the returning Red Devils have barely trained, Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton and a host of other Magpies have been busy priming themselves.

Wilson, 28, has bagged four goals in four league games since moving from Bournemouth for £20million.

And the striker said: “I see they have conceded 11 goals in three games, so you take confidence from that.

“It could be a case that when they got back together they were a little bit shaky and a little bit nervous after their last performance.

“I’ve been around working with the squad and there were a lot here who are probably going to play.”

Toon boss Steve Bruce added: “We’ve worked well all week and hope to get off to a fast start.

“They have had international players, travelling all over the place, so we are hoping it will be to our advantage.”

After finishing 13th last season, Bruce’s side are ninth and looking up.

And in a season of crazy results, Wilson is not ruling out a Euro charge.

He added: “It has the feel of when Leicester won the league so it’s going to be interesting to see different sides getting into the top six.

“Strange things have happened and it could be one of those years.

“The ambition has got to be to finish higher than last season.

“And once you’ve got yourself in a comfortable position and you’re in the top ten then it’s like ‘OK, how far away are we from creeping up there’.”

Wilson is thriving alongside Saint-Maximin. The French trickster, 23, has just signed a six-year deal and Wilson reckons he can reach the very top.

The striker said: “The world is his oyster.

“He can pull a goal out of nothing but also do the simple things and beat a man before putting it on a plate for me.

“That is what is going to elevate his career – knowing the right time to do the tricks and take people on, and when to keep it simple.

“With someone like him you’ve got to make them feel loved and wanted. There is no limit to his potential.”

Wilson is living the dream on Tyneside – but there is still a gaping hole.

After four goals already at his new club, Wilson should be feeling the love of the Toon Army.

They worship their strikers that little bit more in Newcastle, where the names Milburn, Macdonald, Cole, Ferdinand and Shearer roll off the tongue.

That iconic status was a major reason why Wilson uprooted his life 350 miles away in Bournemouth.

A brace before the international break against Burnley, his first home goals, would normally have seen 50,000 jubilant Mags anointing their new hero.

But the Geordie cathedral St James’ Park was silent – something he is devastated about having to get used to.

In his first newspaper interview since arriving at Newcastle, Wilson told SunSport: “That’s the only downside.

You want to celebrate it like you’ve scored the winner in front of a packed stadium. Instead, you score and just jog off – it's weird."

“It’s been a great start – we’ve picked up some good results, I’ve got a few goals and we’re on a good cup run.

“As a striker moving clubs, you always want to get off the mark and try and justify your signing and price-tag.

“So four goals and an assist is what dreams are made of.

“But you score two winning goals at St James’ Park, one which was potentially the winner at the time, and you want to celebrate it like you’ve scored the winner in front of a packed stadium.

“Instead, you score and just jog off – it’s weird.”

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