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RoShaun Williams leaves Manchester United for Shrewsbury Town

The young defender has made a permanent move

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - FA Youth Cup Fifth Round Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Okay, so this technically happened yesterday, but we’re just getting caught up here. RoShaun Williams has left Manchester United to join Shrewsbury Town on a permanent basis. The young defender has signed a two-and-half-year contract, and told the club’s website:

Yeah I’m delighted, I’m really happy I’m just looking to getting started playing here. There was good interest from the club, it’s got a good fanbase and I’m just looking forward to getting some league minutes in me.

Williams, still only 20, made his U21 debut at just 16, thanks largely to his sprinter’s pace. As Shrewsbury’s website notes, he broke Darren Campbell’s schoolboy 100m record at the age of 15. Which is pretty decent going.

He’d been knocking around the edges of United’s first-team for a couple of seasons: he made the bench under Louis van Gaal, and went to the USA with the senior squad this summer. But United’s central defence is a crowded place at the moment, so off he goes, a footballer in search of football. Best of luck to him.