Williams won't get carried away with senior success
Brandon Williams is on the verge of starting a European quarter-final for his beloved Manchester United, yet the young Academy graduate is not getting carried away with his achievements so far.
Our homegrown defender - who signed a new contract last week - sat down in front of the media earlier this evening to hold his first-ever press conference and he tackled it with impressive poise, answering questions calmly and coolly.
When pressed on his excellent breakthrough season so far, after making 34 appearances since his senior debut in September, Williams was quick to extinguish any suggestions that he has made it.
“I think it has been a crazy season for myself and my family to be honest,” the Manchester lad told reporters via video link from Stadion Koln.
“Obviously I started with the Reserves and now I am playing with the first team, and I just want to carry it on and play as many games as possible.”
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“I think it is not a case of that because at any time I can drop down into the Under-23s, or I can pick up an injury or anything.
“So I just focus on what I am doing. I want to keep working hard, keep working on what I need to improve on and try to play as many games as I can.”
Asked if he really thinks he could drop down to the Under-23s, Williams said:“Yeah I think it is just down to myself to keep on improving, keep myself fit and be ready to play every game like I am.
“I am always ready for the next game. Now we have got Europa League games coming up, starting with one tomorrow. It is a one-off game that we need to win.”
One journalist at the media conference asked Brandon where that trait comes from and our 19-year-old youth product attributed it to his education in the Academy.
“I think it is from when I have been a kid here from the age of eight years old and it is drilled into you from a young age, what this clubs means and it is part of the DNA to have that [aggression] inside you.
“But you have got to have it controlled and not be over the top. It just comes from what the United coaches over the years have given me.”
Williams has of course played the majority of his matches at left-back, but is naturally right-footed and can play on the opposite flank for the team.
“Wherever the manager wants me to play I am always willing to put a shift in and do my job,” he said.
“I am just happy to be out on the field to be honest, so it doesn’t matter where I play.”
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