Brandon Williams has had somewhat of a meteoric rise since being handed his Manchester United debut against Rochdale.
The Crumpsall-born teenager wasn’t even selected in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s touring party for the pre-season games in Australia and the Far East.
Since being drafted in as a replacement at left-back for Luke Shaw, fearless Williams has grasped his first-team opportunity, making 26 appearances for Solskjaer’s side and establishing himself as a key member in the Norwegian’s squad.
As noted by Laurie Whitwell at the Athletic, Williams’ performances have not gone unnoticed at international level either, with England manager Gareth Southgate believing he has the potential to play for the Three Lions.
It is claimed in the report that the next step of his England development will be to feature in Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21 squad at the next opportunity.
A senior Three Lions call-up would be a tremendous achievement for Williams, and a fantastic award for the hard-work he has put in since joining United’s academy aged 7.
Williams is also set for a major new contract at United which will reflect his new first-team status at Old Trafford. The Athletic’s report says that the youngster currently earns £4,000-per-week, but this figure is set to rise quite significantly because of the progress he has made this season.
First-choice left-back Shaw has been offered the competition he needs to raise his game this season and a healthy rivalry for selection can only benefit Solskjaer and United.