Ethan Williams in form for Manchester United under-18s with 4 goals in 4 games
Manchester United are a club with an unrivalled tradition of bringing through homegrown talent and there are always more stars waiting to be discovered.
The latest youngster to make waves in the club’s academy is promising striker Ethan Williams.
Williams scored a brace in United’s 3-3 Premier League Cup draw with Arsenal at the weekend, with Manni Norkett scoring the other goal.
This took Williams’ tally to five goals for the season where he is United’s top scorer for the under-18s, joint level with Norkett.
Most impressively, Williams is on a scoring streak, now with four goals in his last four games.
Ethan Williams: One to watch
Williams is a versatile forward who is comfortable playing out wide or as an attacking midfielder, or leading the line. Like many young players his age, he and the coaching staff are still working to find his best role.
He scored one goal with each foot at the weekend in the draw with Arsenal, from each side of the box.
The first was a powerfully struck effort with his left, across the goalkeeper into the top corner after he chested down a flick-on from Maxi Oyedele.
The second was an excellent finish with his right after a low cross from left-back Sam Murray, re-adjusting his footwork to squeeze in a shot at the near post.
Williams struck both of his shots first time, demonstrating instinctive goalscoring ability. Still only 16, Williams turns 17 in a fortnight and is in the early stages of his journey with United’s under-18 side.
He made his debut late in the season last year and has now stepped up as a regular, having previously been with the under-16s.
In 2023 he will be part of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup side looking to follow Alejandro Garnacho and co’s success in 2022.
There is a long way to go for Williams, but it’s fair to say his start to the season has surpassed early expectations, and an under-21 call-up this campaign cannot be ruled out either, with the way United want to reward and push top talent.