OFFICIAL: Manchester United Centre-Back Departs From The Club

General view of a corner flag at Old Trafford.

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Ro-Shaun Williams has parted ways with Manchester United.

The 20-year-old has departed from the Old Trafford outfit to seal a move to Shrewsbury Town, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the League One club.

The promising centre-back, who captained Manchester United‘s U23 side, progressed through several levels of the club’s famous youth academy.

He did make the senior bench on two occasions under Louis van Gaal back in 2016, but realistic first-team chances were almost impossible to come by, thereby forcing the youngster to make the switch in search of regular men’s football.

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Williams revealed as much upon completing his switch to Shrewsbury, as he stated: “I feel like I’ve completed youth football. I’ve come up from playing for your local team all the way through to the reserves at United. I think I’m ready to be playing men’s football.”

The defender also spoke about his qualities, revealing: “I like to play on the ball and defend but pace is something I’ve got in the locker as well.”

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He further told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted, I’m really happy, I’m just looking to getting started playing here. There was good interest from the club, it’s got a good fan base and I’m just looking forward to getting some league minutes in me.

“Everyone’s been really welcoming to me, everyone’s made me feel really welcome and I’m happy to be here. All my time has been spent at United so far. I’ve gone through the academies growing up, but it’s been a time for me to get out and make a professional career for myself.

“I’ve had some good away times with England as well. I’ve been to the World Cup at U17s, qualified for the Euros for the U19s, so that’s been great for my development as a player.”