Brandon Williams’ rise to Manchester United’s first-team prominence this season has been quite remarkable.
The 19-year-old was not selected in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for the pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, and wasn’t yet seen by many as a realistic option for the United boss ahead of this campaign.
However, Williams has taken the opportunity handed to him brilliantly through the injury to Luke Shaw and the need for cover at fullback.
Shaw will have to fight for his place in the side when he eventually returns, with Williams impressing with every performance he is putting in.
The left-back made his first Premier League start in United’s 3-1 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford before the international break.
And according to the Daily Mirror, Williams is showing a ruthlessness in training which is impressing senior United players.
Williams is a tenacious player with a mean streak, so there is no great surprise that he comes from a boxing family with cousin Zelfa Barre Super Feather-weight English champion.
The report claims Williams uses his aggression to get stuck in during training sessions, and his attitude has even been impressing the likes of centre-back Marcos Rojo.
We hope Williams can remain in first-team contention after the international break, as he is yet to have a poor game for the Reds and deserves to continue to fight for his place.