Evening Express

Wilson’s history lesson from Aberdeen boss McInnes he will never Ferg-et

James Wilson

Aberdeen new boy James Wilson says getting a history lesson about the club from manager Derek McInnes helped convince him to join.

The striker arrived at Pittodrie on loan from Manchester United last week.

The 22-year-old had other offers but plumped for the Dons.

Wilson is in the final year of his contract with the Red Devils and has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho didn’t take him on United’s pre-season tour to North America, with two teenagers chosen ahead of him.

As a result, Wilson is keen to impress during his season in the Granite City.

He revealed boss McInnes played a big part in his decision to join Aberdeen with the Pittodrie gaffer impressing Wilson by talking about the history of the club – such as Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as manager when the Dons won three Premier Division titles, four Scottish Cups, the League Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup.

Aberdeen Manager Alex Ferguson is held aloft by his players after winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Wilson said: “I wasn’t just coming here blind. I spoke to the manager and I was encouraged to come here by what the manager and other people said about the club.

“It was a no-brainer, really. He (McInnes) was a big part of my decision. He rang me a few times just to see how I was in general, which was good.

“He talked to me about his philosophy and what he wants to do. He sees me in his plans, which was a massive thing.

“He told about the history of the club as well and there were some things I didn’t know and that was a big part of bringing me in.

“I know there are links. Fergie was here many moons ago and the manager has gone through the history of the club and that was a big part of my decision to come here.”

Wilson admits he doesn’t know a great deal about Scottish football and was pleased to learn about the identity of Aberdeen as a football club and as a city.

He also sees similarities between the Granite City and Manchester when it comes to a passion for football.

He added: “It’s nice to know the identity the club has, it’s a big club and there are a few big hitters in Scottish football at the moment.

“We want to be up there among them and hopefully I can do my bit to help us do that.

“Manchester is a big city for football and Aberdeen is the same.

“It’s good to come into a city that is the same. It’s a good atmosphere to be in with the stadium in the city.”

Wilson is hoping to have success with Aberdeen this term. For the last four seasons the Dons have been closest challengers to champions Celtic.

Wilson knows they will face stiff competition to remain in that position from the likes of Rangers, Hibs and Hearts. But he is confident the Reds can see off those threats and also have some success in cup competitions.

When asked about his hopes for the season ahead, Wilson said: “We’re in two cups, so that’s a realistic goal for us.

“In the league there are a few big hitters that we’ll try to compete with, we’ll try to get results off the big teams and hopefully get up the table.

“The goal is to stay near the top. They have done really well the last few seasons, finishing second.

“The way they clinched it last year was a good season for them, winning at Celtic on the last day, and hopefully we can do the same this season.”