There was disappointment among Manchester United fans when Luke Shaw was not named in the starting line up against Leicester.

The 24-year-old has been missed since injuring his ankle against Southampton a fortnight ago.

Brandon Williams then needed to deliver a strong performance against Leicester. He really stepped up.

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Williams’ best performance since restart

After a disappointing display against Chelsea and an uninspiring one against West Ham, Williams’ performances had fans lamenting Shaw’s injury.

But perhaps it was unrealistic to expect 19-year-old Williams to re-adapt to a Premier League level so quickly after such a long and unexpected mid-season break.

He saved his best performances since the restart for this fixture at the King Power Stadium, where he did not put a foot wrong.

Williams helped to shut down Leicester’s title winning winger Marc Albrighton, and he was confident in possession going forward.


The young left-back put in a performance which Shaw would have been proud of as he contributed at both ends of the pitch.

He had 90 touches in total, more than any player on either side, while he completed 88 per cent of his passes.

Williams led the team with three interceptions, also making two tackles, blocked two goalbound shots, and won one aerial duel.

This was a complete defensive display from Williams, and he showed ambition going forward too, even if he was unable to create any chances.

This was a good note for Williams to end his debut Premier League campaign on.

His strong performance did not go unnoticed by supporters…

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