Manchester United have been heavily reliant on their youth academy talent so far this season. In fact, a vast majority of their goals have been created and scored by alumni of the academy, stamping a strong mark on the youth presence that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sustained at Old Trafford.
Amongst them, the brilliance of Marcus Rashford, the slowly garnered capability of Scott McTominay, and the clinical ability of Mason Greenwood have been the unquestionable positives.
However, the surprise brilliance of 2019 was the late rise of Brandon Williams at left-back.
The 19-year-old has been nothing short of outstanding for the Red Devils despite emerging onto the scene after the likes of Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.
Now, his cumulative statistics from the 4-0 Norwich City win further the argument that United have developed a left-back for the long-term future.
In fact, when United were 3-0 up, Williams could have easily made it 4-0 when his electric forward run intercepted a promising ball only to slot it off target.
These stats are especially great at showing the all-round impact of the starlet, as he was also a steady attacking presence during the game.
As close as that attempt may have been, the major takeaway there was that Williams got himself into attacking positions and did so quite often, as backed by the statistics. This is adhering to the traditional United DNA as well.
Further, with multiple reports claiming that Ashley Young is on his way out of the Mancunian outfit, the rise of Williams may have arrived at the perfect time.
What with the sporadic nature of Luke Shaw’s injuries and form, the presence of the academy graduate will now ensure that United have options to rely on.
However, as is the case with most breakthrough teenagers, what is important is to see if their ace showings can be replicated on a regular basis.