Manchester United Football Club have often been known as a side that promotes from within and develops youth. Jose Mourinho continued that tradition at the weekend, with debuts for both Axel Tuanzebe and Joel Pereira, however, United’s youth team have been handed an injury concern.
The man in question is the extremely talented Ro-Shaun Williams, an 18-year-old who is deployed mostly as a centre-back, alongside the aforementioned Axel Tuanzebe. Manchester United have confirmed that the defender has a knee problem – and these can often be quite serious depending on the extent of the injury.
It is a real disappointment for the player because he’s been in brilliant form for Nicky Butt’s side recently, and you can tell he has a real bright future ahead of him.
“It’s a blow for him because he was getting to the point where he was stepping up to be a regular in the Reserves team,” Butt told ManUtd.com. “But you have these knock-backs as a footballer. He’s still young and he’s working hard to get back to fitness.
“I’m not sure about the length of his absence at the minute but there’s no rush. We don’t want to rush any young boy back to fitness as it’s about the bigger picture with Ro-Shaun and any of our players who get injured.”
As Butt says, you will get knock-backs in football, that’s just the nature of the beast. It is good that he won’t be rushed back into action, though, because you can often make those kind of problems worse if you come back too soon.
He is still young, though, and time is definitely on his side. It’s up to him to keep working hard, not let this problem get him down mentally and come back stronger than ever.