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Williams signs professional contract

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Brandon Williams has become the latest Manchester United youngster to sign a professional contract with the club.

The full-back has emerged as an influential member of the successful Under-18s team that captured the Premier League North title recently.

Ahead of Saturday's big national final with Chelsea at Leigh Sports Village (kick-off 12:00 BST), the 17-year-old Mancunian finalised the paperwork on the deal at the Aon Training Complex on Monday.

“This season has just been better than I expected, being a first year,” he told ManUtd.com. “Getting into the squad, obviously doing well in the league and keeping going until the end of the season.

"I grew up around Manchester and always supported United. I just love the club as well. I've been here since I was seven so, near enough, 10 years.

Brandon Williams has been a key performer at full-back for the Under-18s.

“I'd like to thank my family and the coaches, who have been here since I joined the club. Every single season, I get a new coach and all of them, plus Kieran [McKenna] and Nicky Butt this year, have helped me.

"My long-term ambition is just to stay at the club and go as far as I can. Hopefully, one day, I can get in the first team and play regularly.