Sergio Romero insists Brandon Williams plays like a South-American defender

Sergio Romero insists Brandon Williams plays like a South-American defender

Manchester United star Sergio Romero has seemingly hinted at a bright future for youngster Brandon Williams after comparing him to South-American defenders.

The talented academy product has really impressed fans as well who have even called for him to replace Luke Shaw as the first-choice left-back let alone as a squad player.

Williams has taken whatever little opportunity Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has thrown his way and has put in solid shifts every time.

Supporters have been surprised not just with his defensive abilities but the way he always seems to find himself in the attacking-third as well.

With Shaw the only real contestant at left-back, it’s safe to say Williams has a pretty clear pathway into the first-team.

According to Manchester Evening News, Romero said: “For me and Marquitos – because we’ve been chatting about this – seeing him play is like watching one of us play – a South American!

“The commitment he shows, the way he feels about football, he never gives any ball up as a lost cause.

“At the age of 19, he has the mentality to be able to demand the ball and to be always on hand for his teammates. He didn’t want to just get rid of the ball.

“He would be waiting for a pass and if it’d didn’t come he’d be shouting for it. All that is very reminiscent of us South American players.

“We grew up playing on dirty pitches, always wanting to be on the ball ourselves. We could see that in him in Serbia.

“We’d already spotted that in earlier games where we’d seen him feature, too, either in the Europa League or in the cups.

“But his performance in Serbia, where there was a lot of pressure and it wasn’t an easy game at all for a youngster, he really stood out for all those reasons: for wanting the ball, for his passing and his movement, how he closed down and how he slid into tackles and made his blocks.”

Solskjaer will be weary not to play Williams too often and to allow him the time to develop without too much pressure on his shoulders.

That’s why even though he’s performed admirably whenever given the chance, he’s been dropped from the starting XI either to be rested or to be taken out of the limelight.

Perhaps Solskjaer has also turned to Ashley Young‘s experience in difficult periods but it’s far more probable it’s the former reason and only a little bit the latter.

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