Brandon Williams hungry to prove himself at Manchester United after Real Madrid return
Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams is hungry to prove himself during pre-season after playing against Real Madrid in Texas.
Los Blancos went up against the Old Trafford side at the NRG Stadium on 27 July. An early goal from Jude Bellingham and a late striker from Joselu sealed a 2-0 victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s team over us.
Williams came on as a substitute at the hour mark. The 22-year-old put in a decent shift for United. However, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the versatile defender.
The English national is available for transfer this summer. His current contract is set to expire next summer. However, speaking to MUTV via Manchester Evening News, the full-back is happy to get some minutes under his belt.
“This is my first pre-season in three years, the other times I’ve been injured at the start of the year, so I’ve come back hungry, I’m just trying to get some minutes and trying to enjoy the tour, getting to know the new players as well.”
Williams made his way through the youth ranks at United. Subsequently, he broke into the first-team setup in the 2019/20 term. However, since then, game time has been hard to come by for the defender at the Old Trafford side.
In the 2021/22 season, the 22-year-old spent time on loan at Norwich City. The full-back was handed valuable minutes in the starting lineup at the Canaries.
Unfortunately, in the previous campaign, injuries hampered the English national’s development. He ended up making just one appearance in all competitions for the Red Devils in Erik ten Hag’s first year in charge,
Williams can play on the right as well as the left-hand side of the defence. However, the gaffer has a number of decent full-backs at his disposal right now. Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia were influential members of the Dutch manager’s plans last season.
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Therefore, it seems difficult for the academy graduate to get regular minutes next season. Therefore, it would be wise to send the 22-year-old on loan or secure a permanent transfer for him to a team where the defender is able to get ample minutes.