In a season where there have been few positives, Brandon Williams' emergence has been one of few highlights for Manchester United fans.
The 19-year-old has been integrated into the first team by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has looked the part the few times he has been thrown into the first team.
Born in Manchester, the lanky defender has been with Manchester United since he was seven, and has consistently performed for United's Under-23s side this season.
He made his full debut for United against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, but he was notably named in the squad for the crucial Champions League knockout clash against Paris Saint-Germain in March.
Williams was then given a starting role in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar, where he impressed many including teammate Scott McTominay.
The young lad operates at full-back and can play both sides. He is quick and has over time added an attacking instinct to his game.
Where it all started
Williams made his Under-18s debut as a substitute for the final minutes of the 4-2 defeat to Reading in the final league outing of 2016/17.
He then grew into a regular member fro the young Reds, going on to make 22 appearances in total across domestic competitions and the UEFA Youth League.
He found the back of the net four times in 23 games for the Under-18s in 2018/19, earning a promotion to the Under-23s, appearing three times before his full-time elevation to Premier League 2 level.
He recently signed a new long-term contract with the club
What they've said about him
The youngster has been impressive anytime he has been called upon. He has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as his teammates despite his young age.
Scott McTominay - after the Alkmaar match
“I thought he did brilliantly,” he noted. “I said to him before the game to just be himself and told him he had nothing to worry about,"
“I told him to go and play the game like it was a Reserves match or he was playing in the park with his mates… you don’t want to think too much about it, you just need to go out, express yourself, show what you can do and that’s what he did.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the PSG match
“Brandon is a full-back who can play both sides, quick. It’s the first time he travels with us, he didn’t expect to come, but that’s part of being here that suddenly you’re called upon, why you’re in the academy,"
“We believe in you and suddenly you have to step up that’s why we have good coaches to make them ready,"
“I think every young player who plays at this club is dreaming about coming on and having the impact that [Marcus Rashford] had,” Solskjaer added.
“There have been so many examples of that and they must have the belief to make it. And tomorrow night might be a chance for some of the young guns.”
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