Brandon Williams explains why he was jealous of Man Utd teammate Mason Greenwood

Brandon Williams has admitted he used to be jealous of Manchester United teammates Mason Greenwood and James Garner when playing alongside them in the club's academy.

All three stars have progressed through United's youth ranks, becoming firm friends before each making their respective debuts at senior level.

But full-back Williams, 20, has conceded he had feelings of envy towards his two peers when he was first picked up by United scouts.

"I went to [United's academy base] The Cliff when I was seven and met everyone, some of them are even my closest mates now. Some have stayed and some have gone but I’m still really close with them," Williams told Man United’s official website .

"From then on it’s just been year by year, getting through each year and making sure I get a contract for each year and then obviously getting to be the player I am now.

"I wasn’t really happy when I went to The Cliff because I was used to being in school and being the best player, but when I went there I wasn’t one of the best players really! I was down there in the bottom group.

"Mason’s always been there [as one of the best players]. James Garner, he was up there as well. There are a few players who are not here as well now."

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He added: "I was jealous at the time because they were skilful and everything. I think that’s why I went further back, because I was a striker but now I’m a defender."

Both Williams and Greenwood are now already considered fully-fledged members of the first team, while Garner is currently gaining more experience out on loan at Watford.

Despite being a regular performer last season, Williams has struggled for minutes since, playing just twice in this campaign in EFL Cup ties.

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Greenwood meanwhile has made eight appearances this season, though United are said to be concerned by the striker's recent form in training.

The 19-year-old missed Saturday's win over Everton due to illness, and United chiefs fear the youngster is not making the necessary sacrifices off the field to rest up, which they feel is having a knock-on impact to his immune system and general health.

United were planning on offering Greenwood a new bumper contract, but have put that to one side for now in light of recent events.

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