What Brandon Williams reminds Manchester United teammates of
Williams, 19, only made his United bow against Rochdale in the League Cup on September 25 but is poised to make his full Premier League debut against Brighton since Ashley Young is suspended.
The teenager has started three times for United this season in the Europa League and League Cup and Williams attained his first England Under-20 cap in September.
Romero and fellow Argentinian Marcos Rojo lined up with Williams in his second European start at Partizan Belgrade and the World Cup runner-up believes Williams is as committed as a South American defender.
“For me and Marquitos – because we’ve been chatting about this – seeing him play is like watching one of us play – a South American!” Romero told the United programme. “The commitment he shows, the way he feels about football, he never gives any ball up as a lost cause.
“At the age of 19, he has the mentality to be able to demand the ball and to be always on hand for his teammates. He didn’t want to just get rid of the ball. He would be waiting for a pass and if it’d didn’t come he’d be shouting for it. All that is very reminiscent of us South American players.
“We grew up playing on dirty pitches, always wanting to be on the ball ourselves. We could see that in him in Serbia. We’d already spotted that in earlier games where we’d seen him feature, too, either in the Europa League or in the cups.
“But his performance in Serbia, where there was a lot of pressure and it wasn’t an easy game at all for a youngster, he really stood out for all those reasons: for wanting the ball, for his passing and his movement, how he closed down and how he slid into tackles and made his blocks.”
Williams was an unused substitute in the Thursday night win over Partizan Belgrade amid the likelihood of a start against Brighton.