Solskjaer, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for the Red Devils, said he became aware of Wilson's promise during his time as reserves manager at Old Trafford.
"I got to work with the gang from 1993, with Ryan Tunnicliffe, Paul Pogba and so on, but James was among the 1995 boys," Solskjaer told United Review. "I watched him regularly playing in the under-18s and under-16s and we all knew he was going to have a chance.
"There's definitely something there.
"He's got pace, he can finish and, when his body fills out, he'll improve even more.
"As a young striker, he can't have a better mentor than Robin Van Persie - my message would be to just copy your game from his, it's that simple."
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