James Garner and Brandon Williams celebrate a goal.

Under-23s duo in the frame for monthly award

Manchester United have two players in the frame for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

Brandon Williams and James Garner have been rewarded for their fabulous form in August with a place on the seven-man shortlist.

The youngsters were nominated by the Premier League Football Development panel after the Under-23s’ club coaches selected the best performances by opposing players in each fixture last month.

Brandon Williams fires in a shot against West Ham Under-23s at Old Trafford.
Brandon Williams has a shot against West Ham's Under-23s at Old Trafford last time out.

Williams has been excellent at left-back and adds width and drive to the attack by bombing forward. He donned the captain’s armband at Old Trafford, in the draw with West Ham United, and has adapted well to life in the higher age group. He made his England debut in the Under-20s' goalless draw with the Netherlands on Thursday night.

Garner has added to his defensive midfield work by showing great vision and bringing a real goalscoring threat to his game. The England Under-19 international scored a couple of crackers in the league opener at West Brom and followed it up with the clincher in the 2-0 home success over Reading.

A fourth goal of the campaign arrived in the 4-0 win against Newcastle United at St James’ Park, from the edge of the box, but unfortunately he missed the game against the Hammers due to injury.

Arsenal also have two representatives on the shortlist – Folarin Balogun and Emile Smith-Rowe. Blackburn’s Harry Chapman, Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour and West Ham’s Daniel Kemp are the other contenders for the trophy.

The winner will be announced on Friday 13 September.

United's Under-23s have made an unbeaten start to the season under new coach Neil Wood and are next in action on Friday night, against Fulham, at Leigh Sports Village with free entry for all fans. The 19:00 BST kick-off is live on MUTV.

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