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The centre-back has been named in Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal's senior squad for the first time vs West Ham.

"Who needs Pogba when you've got RoShaun?" Fletcher Moss chairman Ron Jamieson told M.E.N. Sport earlier this year.

RoShaun Williams might not play in central midfield like Pogba did but Manchester United should be disappointed if he doesn't become a fixture in the first-team.

A first year academy scholar who is only 17, Williams has been one of the brightest sparks in Warren Joyce's vibrant United Under-21s side this year and the only surprise is it has taken Louis van Gaal this long to promote him to the senior squad.

Williams broke into the U18s as U15 squad member and made his U21 debut as a 16-year-old.

The Whalley Range lad first hit the headlines at the age of 15 in August 2014 - but not for his football talent.

He had smashed his school's 25-year-old 100m record, beating Olympic gold medal winner Darren Campbell's previous best .

Williams beat the Ashton-on-Mersey School record, set in 1989 by the future Olympic relay champion, with a time of 10.99 seconds.

But, amazingly, he had never run a competitive race before, as he had always focused on his football.

Williams signed for United at the age of nine and first started playing the sport at the age of three.

After breaking the 100m record, the modest youngster told the M.E.N: "I didn’t know I had beaten the record until the next day at school when my teacher told me.

“It was just a school sports day so we all had to run.”

During the chat with the M.E.N, he told how he dreamed of playing professional football for United and England. And he also revealed who his hero is.

He explained: “Ryan Giggs is my hero I suppose because he has stayed with the club, and when he was acting manager he gave young players a chance.”

His mum, Nylva Green, said she called him her 'little Usain' but he wasn't impressed by the nickname.

She added: “He was always kicking a ball round the house so I said take him to a football club before I’ve got no furniture left.”

When the M.E.N. photographer went to take pictures for an article celebrating Williams' achievement in 2014, he was so humble he was reluctant to be filmed but posed for photographs.

After briefly tasting the limelight for his running ability, his football career at Old Trafford went from strength to strength.

He signed his first professional deal and became a regular fixture in the Under 18s, graduating to the Under 21s this season.

Williams commandingly marshaled Bersant Celina and Manu Garcia, two players who have featured in the City first team, in last month's U21 derby and he has started to showcase his ball-playing ability.


For one of the lesser experienced members of Joyce's squad, he is one of the most vocal. Williams has no qualms about advising teammates more senior than him and, even at such a raw age, he has the hallmarks of a future United captain.

Really good read.

No reason for Jones to be at our club with Tuanzebe, TFM and Williams on the come up.

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Jones wont block his development


Jones will be at CM or RB

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