McTominay offers advice to United Academy graduate
Scott McTominay has urged Brandon Williams to keep his feet on the ground after recently making his debut for Manchester United.
McTominay came through United’s Academy to earn his senior debut under Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
The 22-year-old has become a key figure since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, starting all eight of their Premier League games this season, as the Norwegian continues to put his faith in youth.
United’s struggles in the early stages of the 2019-20 campaign are likely to provide further opportunities for the likes of Williams to compete for a regular spot.
Indeed, four youth-team players have been handed their first-team debuts since Solskjaer’s appointment in December.
Williams was the latest to get the nod when he came off the bench to feature against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup in September.
Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Joe Garner are the others to have been drafted in by Solskjaer during his short time at the helm.
Defender Williams earned his first start for the Red Devils in the goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League earlier this month and McTominay was very impressed with Williams’ performance in the European clash but has warned the 19-year-old not to get carried away just yet.
“I thought he did brilliantly. I said to him before the game to just be himself and told him he had nothing to worry about.” McTominay told United’s official website.
“He just needs to concentrate on how he’s performing on the pitch and listen to Ole and the coaches and I’m sure they’ll be pleased with him.”
Williams has been rewarded for his exploits with a call up to Paul Simpson’s England under-20 squad.
Fellow Academy product Angel Gomes has also earned a berth in the under-20s squad for the encounters with Italy and the Czech Republic.