RoShaun Williams looking to take first-team chance at Manchester United

The powerful defender was speaking in the aftermath of victory over Luxembourg with England U19

RoShaun Williams looking to take first-team chance at Manchester United
RoShaun Williams in Premier League 2 action for Manchester United | Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images

Manchester United’s young defender RoShaun Williams says he has benefited from the experience of training with the club’s first team and is looking to the example of Marcus Rashford as inspiration.

Williams spoke to VAVEL UK after he helped England U19 to a simple 2-0 victory over Luxembourg in UEFA Under-19 Championships qualifying, keeping things tight at the back against admittedly limited opposition.

However, the centre-half agreed that the game would give his teammates confidence going into their next games against Wales and Greece, and was keen to state his happiness with a clean sheet.

Williams pleased to pass difficult test

“It was a good test for us tonight,” he said after the game. “We’re happy to get through it with a good result, the clean sheet and the win.”

The last time England and Luxembourg met at this youth level, England ran out 8-0 winners and there were some in the stands expecting to see a similar scoreline this time around.

However, Williams praised Luxembourg’s defensive performance and was adamant that it had not been an easy game for his side, despite their domination of the ball.

“It was a difficult game for us. Credit to Luxembourg, they made it difficult by sitting back with a good shape. They were very well organised so we’re just happy to get the result.”

‘You just need one chance but you’ve got to take it’

Williams has trained with the Manchester United first team at times this season, and he is hopeful that the experience will help him to stake his claim for a first-team place in future.

“It’s been a good experience. I’m just working hard with the under-23s at United, hopefully I can keep pushing and try to show the manager what I’ve got and then hopefully get into the first team.

“Obviously it gives you confidence. To see people like Marcus [Rashford], who I’ve played with for years, him getting into the first team just shows that you just need one chance, one opportunity and you’ve got to take it.”