Ro-Shaun Williams’ Manchester United exit went under the radar. But the 20-year-old has made an immediate impact at his new club.
Once tipped for big things at United, the centre-back moved to Shrewsbury despite possessing the pace and innate defensive ability to ultimately succeed in the Premier League.
Williams was promoted to United’s first-team training following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival. Yet, while the likes of Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes have stepped up, the defender was deemed surplus to requirements.
Prior to his move to Shrewsbury, the League One club had conceded 17 goals in seven matches. Since his arrival, they have drawn 1-1 in consecutive games. Even more impressively, Williams provided the assist for their strike against Burton Albion last weekend.
In short, the former United prospect has immediately improved his new team, suggesting he could be another one that got away.
United have made a habit of allowing defenders to leave only to see them flourish elsewhere. The most recent example is Michael Keane and they will be hoping Williams does not go on to make a mega-money move.
Only time will tell, and United are well stocked in defence right now. Yet Williams’ pace is considerable and it is surprising the club were willing to let him go so soon.