While Manchester United had a quiet January transfer window, they surprisingly bid farewell to one of their most exciting young prospects.
As reported by the BBC, Ro-Shaun Williams left Old Trafford for Shrewsbury Town, ending his chance of breaking through at United.
Those who have been tracking Williams’ progress may have been shocked by the announcement. After all, the 20-year-0ld centre-back has impressed for the U23s and has pace to burn.
That speed – along with his innate defensive ability – marked him out as a future star at United. Instead, he will be continuing his progress in League One.
It would be easy to write Williams off as another young prospect who failed to make the grade at Old Trafford. But there is a genuine sense that he could prove them wrong.
With 57 appearances for United’s U23s, it was time for him to step up. Unfortunately, despite being promoted to first-team training under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Williams has now moved on.
Young centre-backs have regularly parted company with United. Yet Williams has the skills to come back to haunt them one day.