Five facts about Manchester United player Ro-Shaun Williams

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The Manchester United teenager trained with the senior side this week.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal brought yet another teenage prospect into the first-team fold this week in the form of 17-year-old Ro-Shaun Williams.

The youngster trained with United’s stars ahead of their huge Europa League last-16 second leg clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford and here are five things fans may not know about the player:

1) Williams is a centre-back who has been making waves at United’s academy for some time now, rising through the ranks from under-16 to under-18 and now under-21 level.

2) The United youngster is renowned for his speed and he made headlines in 2014 when he broke his school’s record for the 100 metres – a record that had stood for 25 years and was then held by Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell.

3) As a result Williams is rarely if ever caught out when it comes to pace on the pitch and that is something that is likely to have got the attention of van Gaal.

4) Having captained United’s under-18 side it is clear he has the attributes to be a success at centre-back for the first-team, with the pace and the composure required to excel. That he also looks a lot older than he actually is may also be of benefit when coming up against experienced opponents eager to take advantage of his youth.

5) Williams has played 13 times for United’s under-21s this season and also featured five times in the UEFA youth League.

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