Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams has been speaking about how it feels to be back in a United pre-season squad for the first time in three years.

The left-back has been in and around the first team for years, and he has also spent time out on loan at Norwich City but to no avail, now the Englishman is back and hoping to make the most of his opportunities.

The defender spoke in depth last night about how it feels to be back in the first-team fold, following an injury-hit 2022/2023 season.

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‘It’s good to be back’

The Englishman has been unfortunate with injuries, team selection and not being part of previous manager’s plans but it seems the 22-year-old is keen to impress Erik ten Hag ahead of the new season.

“It’s my first pre-season in three years,” he told the club’s website following the game. “The other pre-seasons I’ve been injured so I’ve come back hungry and I’m enjoying the tour, and enjoying getting to know the new players coming in as well.

“It’s good to be together as it’s about making that team spirit going into the season stronger. It helps when you’re on the pitch if you know a player off the pitch as well.”

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Will he get his chance next season?

It’s sometimes easy to forget the potential Williams had. The defender, after all, had displaced Luke Shaw at one point as the club’s starting left-back throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season at Old Trafford.

His passion and his willingness to go forward made him an instant favourite with the United faithful. During this pre-season, the defender has been featuring in games and looked impressive in the second half of United’s 2-0 win against Arsenal, so maybe there is a future for the promising defender.

Williams will be hoping to add to his 48 first-team appearances and isn’t giving up on breaking through under Erik ten Hag.

“You’ve just got to get ready for the first game of the season,” he said. “You never know, you might be starting – football can change so quickly so you have to prepare yourself as best you can and get involved with the team.”

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