Brandon Williams was arguably Manchester United’s composed player across 90 minutes during the 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.
The 19-year-old, who also featured against AZ Alkmaar, gave a performance hallmarked by intelligence and gut-busting effort in what was a scrappy affair.
Williams won Man United a crucial penalty with a superb direct run into the box from the left hand side, demonstrating a level of conviction going forward rarely seen this season.
His numbers from the game tell the story of what was a wonderfully composed performance in Serbia.
Williams vs Partizan Belgrade:
83% pass accuracy
40 passes completed
8 recoveries made
7 ground duels won
2 aerial duels won
1 penalty won
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 24, 2019
What do you want in a left-back? A player who can defend and attack with the equivalent amount of aggression whilst maintaining internal composure – an ability to keep the ball still under your feet.
Against Partizan, playing in front of more people than he ever has done, Williams ticked all of those boxes with ease. It is always a good sign when somebody making their third senior appearance looks like they’ve been doing it for years.
United have desperately missed having genuinely attacking full-backs. Williams demonstrated in Belgrade that, sometimes, it can help to have a full-back charging directly towards goal, unbothered by the recriminations of losing possession.
You suspect that he will be given more chances to shine under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.