Patrice Evra has revealed how he encouraged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give Brandon Williams ‘a chance’ in the first-team at Manchester United earlier this season.
The teenage defender has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions and establishing himself as a valuable member of Solskjaer’s developing side.
Former Manchester United defender Evra has now revealed how he first noticed Williams’ talents in the club’s academy system, before urging Solskjaer to hand an opportunity to the left-back after being left impressed by the 19-year-old’s performances.
“I’m doing my coaching badges at Manchester United, I go like two weeks per month to do my course, and someone sent me a video about Brandon,” Evra told COPA90.
“I was watching it and was like ‘Wow, he has got something I really love’.
“I went to the training and actually he was with the Under-21s, and they made me do a session as well with the Under-21s.
“So, I saw him, and he was tough, and after the training session I went with the first-team and I saw Ole. I said ‘Ole, do you know about that kid Brandon Williams? Yeah, they say he is good.’
“I said ‘Trust me Ole, since I left I can see he can play he can play at left-back.’ I said ‘please give him a chance’.”