Brandon Williams has signed a new contract, which will keep him at Manchester United until June 2024, with the option to extend for a further year.
Williams has been at the club since the age of seven and is one of 12 academy graduates who have featured for United in the Premier League season. He is currently hoping to win his first trophy as a first team player with United still competing in the Europa League.
Although he is yet to get a cap for the England senior team, Williams has made 33 appearances for the United first team, and has offered healthy competition for the left-back role which has helped with Luke Shaw’s performance levels.
Upon signing his new deal at the club, Williams told the official Manchester United website: “Signing this contract is another really proud moment for myself and my family. Having been at Manchester United since I was seven years old, it’s genuinely a dream come true to be playing in the first team. It has taken a huge amount of hard work to reach this point and it has been really special for me to break through into the squad.
“I’ve learned a lot throughout the season from the manager, his coaching staff and my team-mates and I want to repay the trust that they have all shown in me. I know that everyone at the club is working really hard every day to achieve success in the coming years and I am really excited to be part of that.”
Delighted that Williams has put pen to paper, Solskjaer said: “Brandon has had an excellent first season, so we are delighted that he has signed a new contract. This new deal is a real testament to his hard work and the progress that he has made since his debut. Brandon never looked back after stepping up from the Academy and, having come all the way through the system, he understands what it means to play for Manchester United.
“He has all of the attributes required to be a member of this exciting young squad. He will continue to learn every day in training and we look forward to watching him develop over the coming seasons.”
I don’t think it will be long before Williams gets called up to the England’s senior side and he may even be in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2021, but the youngster needs to focus on what’s most important and that, without a shadow of a doubt, is Manchester United.
If they can win the Europa League it will do the likes of Williams, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes the world of good. As it will for the other players too.