RoShaun Williams was one of Manchester United Under-21s unsung heroes as the Red Devils sealed the Premier League title on Tuesday.
The Manchester Evening News reckon the 17-year-old is “has the makings of a United captain” after his fine performance at the heart of the defence.
When a young talent shows glimpses of potential, it’s common for fans to immediately hype the player up. That’s exactly what happened to Williams last night.
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Louis van Gaal included the speedy defender in his squad for last month’s Europa League clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford and it will be a surprise if he’s not a first-team regular in a few years’ time.
Manchester United’s trophy cabinet hasn’t been updated since 2013 but in Williams, they have a player who already has a title under his belt after Warren Joyce’s team became Under-21 champions for the third time in four years.
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Goals from Donald Love, Andreas Pereira and Guillermo Varela sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham.
The Manchester Evening News claim Williams “morphed into Nemanja Vidic” at White Hart Lane, but it’s another Manchester United hero who fans think the youngster is destined to emulate.
Rio Ferdinand won six Premier League titles and the Champions League during a stellar 12-year stay at Old Trafford and Williams will be delighted if his career comes anything close to replicating Ferdinand’s.
United shouldn't rush RoShaun
The Under-21s win, plus Marcus Rashford’s emergence, has left fans pleading with Van Gaal to poach more players from Joyce’s team but it won’t hurt Williams to remain out of the spotlight for a couple more seasons.
He can continue to develop under Joyce, where the focus is on nurturing talent, and when the time is right, can be promoted to the first team.
Pereira and Love were buzzing
Varela sealed the title in true United style, scoring the winner in the 93rd minute.
Captain Joel Castro Pereira has now been a part of successive title-winning teams, and revealed that the players achieved their pre-season goal.
“We work as a team,” he told MUTV. “Everyone in the changing room, even those who didn't play. It's an amazing feeling to win this title twice in a row.
"I said in pre-season, we wanted to retain the title and we did it. Well done everyone. I'd like to thank the fans who support us, they were brilliant and were our 12th man. Respect."
Donald Love, who has appeared for the first team this season, was equally delighted.
“There's no better way to win it,” the 21-year-old said.
“The way we celebrated after the goal showed we're a team as everyone celebrated. All the training and the way Joycey works us has paid off in the end."