Luke Shaw kept Brandon Williams out of the Manchester United team for much of last season.
The arrival of Alex Telles didn’t help either, with Williams more often deployed as cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.
But Williams has told the club’s official website that Shaw – who has just been called up by England for Euro 2020 – is an inspiration for him.
Shaw wasn’t in the international picture at the start of the campaign but his best term in a United shirt has earned him a deserved recall and Williams had nothing but praise for his left-back rival.
“Yeah, anyone can be inspired by Luke,” said Williams.
“Just because everyone doesn’t think you are performing at your best doesn’t mean you’re not improving as a player and you can have those moments.
“It’s just about taking your opportunities, like Luke has. He’s nailed down the spot, he’s gone on the pitch, he’s performed, so you have got to keep playing him.
He gets that momentum and he uses that momentum to improve him as a player as well.“
Williams in demand
Last month, reports emerged that a number of Premier League clubs are keen on taking Williams, 20, on loan next season.
West Ham, Southampton and newly-promoted Norwich are all thought to be keen.
Given his lack of gametime last term, Williams looks in real need of a loan deal to continue his progress.
Elsewhere in his interview, he said he’s pleased to be training with the best at United but at some stage he needs to play regularly.
If he puts together a successful top flight season at left-back, he could even be an England option before long. Gareth Southgate doesn’t have much else in that role apart from Shaw and Ben Chilwell.
It’s been a tough campaign for Williams, but Shaw is a great player to learn from in terms of keeping the faith when things aren’t going your way.
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