Manchester United’s teenage stars are looking to Brandon Williams for inspiration after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave him first-team breakthrough
- Brandon Williams has made six first-team appearances this season
- Manchester United youngster came on in weekend defeat by Bournemouth
- He is one of a handful of teenagers getting first-team exposure at Old Trafford
Brandon Williams is an inspiration to the rest of Manchester United’s emerging young stars, according to Under-18s coach Neil Ryan
The 19-year-old Williams has caught the eye in recent weeks and was a late substitute in the weekend defeat at Bournemouth.
It was his sixth appearance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and Ryan believes he is fast becoming a role model for the club’s academy starlets.
Brandon Williams has been hailed as an inspiration by Manchester United’s Under-18s coach
The 19-year-old shakes hands with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after victory in the Carabao Cup
‘I just think Brandon is another inspiration for all the players,’ Ryan told United’s website.
UNITED’S YOUNG GEMS
Brandon Williams – 19 – midfielder
Mason Greenwood – 18 – striker
James Garner – 18 – midfielder
Tahith Chong – 19 – midfielder
Angel Gomes – 19 – midfielder
‘You’re always looking at the players ahead of you and, if you see someone like Brandon step up for the first team, and have a great debut and do well in prestigious games, it was great to see another academy boy step up when called upon.
‘It should really inspire all the other younger players within the academy, from whatever age, to look for the next step and challenge themselves. You never quite know, until you’re in that situation, how you are going to cope or how you will perform.
Mason Greenwood receives an arm around the shoulder from Solskjaer at Bournemouth
James Garner shields the ball during United’s Europa League tie at Partizan Belgrade
‘If you don’t do great, it doesn’t matter as it’s about development and, the next time, you’ve got to be ready when you get that next opportunity.’
Williams is among a handful of teenagers at Old Trafford gaining first-team exposure this season.
Mason Greenwood has starred in front of goal while James Garner, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes have all been handed opportunities across all competitions.