Man Utd have already confirmed the departure of several promising youngsters, namely Tahith Chong who has gone to Werder Bremen in Germany to learn his trade abroad…
Plenty of promising young players are making a name for themselves in the Bundesliga, such as Sancho, Jude Bellingham, Kai Havertz and many more. Chong could return to Manchester a household name if he plays his cards right next season.
Other names such as James Garner and Dylan Levitt are likely to depart on loan also. A year on loan is a common part of the process when being elevated through the ranks for the academy, Marcus Rashford being an exception.
However, two young players at Old Trafford probably had a loan on the cards for their future if you had asked staff members like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick or Nicky Butt…
Williams had eyes on him whilst playing in the academy, but he wasn’t particularly turning many heads. When called upon throughout the 19/20 campaign due to injuries to Luke Shaw and others, Williams shone has a hot-headed, passionate and attacking defender that Man Utd fans always love to see.
The right-footer often covered at left-back or left-wing back and despite the occasional defensive error, he more than made up for it with his consistent quality performances and maturity.
Greenwood is one who was turning heads in the academy, but in all fairness to Williams, strikers tend to get most of the glory. Particular with the incredible amount of goals Greenwood scored in the competition; 31 in 30 games.
After the departure of attacking outlets Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, Solskjaer called upon Mason Greenwood.
With the talents Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and more recently Odion Ighalo wanting to play as the central striker, Greenwood’s starting position has often been on the right side of an attacking three. Different to the central position he is used, Greenwood still impressed and carried his form on to the first team.
Greenwood chipped in with 10 goals in the Premier League and 5 in the UEFA Europa League Cup. At 18 years of age, this is an astounding first season for a team that achieved Champions League status.
So, the qualities and contributions of Greenwood and Williams have already been that of a player who can not only survive in the first team at Man Utd but actually improve it.
As the Reds obtain new talent or get players back from injury to plug the gaps, it can take some pressure off the two youngsters who can then concentrate on improving and earning their place as opposed to relying on them to deliver.