England Under-21 international full-back Brandon Williams has completed a move to Norwich City on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
The 20-year-old’s move to Carrow Road was finalised on Monday after he completed a medical over the weekend, and the defender will wear the No 21 shirt for the Canaries for the rest of the 2021/22 campaign.
He has also been a long-term target for Southampton and Newcastle, but United have been reluctant to loan him out in previous windows.
Williams said: “It feels very different. It’s the first time I’ve ever played for a different club before but I’m just really excited to get started, meet everybody and get my season going.
“It’s a massive club and I like the way they play. I’ve watched them over the years and seen how they play.
“The club like to play out from the back and play football. That really inspired me to come here, and I think that the head coach can really improve me as a player.
“Everyone has been so welcoming. I’ve really enjoyed my time here already and I can’t wait to meet everybody. I’ve just got a feeling it’ll be a good year.”
Head coach Daniel Farke added: “We’re really happy that we have been able to bring Brandon in. This is an exciting deal for all parties, and we thank Manchester United for allowing us the opportunity to work with Brandon.
“Brandon is a young player full of potential. He has already proven that he can perform on the top level and that he is capable of playing for Manchester United. He has many good skills and qualities.
“We wanted to bring someone in who was capable of playing in the full-back positions to strengthen our squad. Brandon has played a lot at left-back for Manchester United, but we know he is also capable of playing on the right side, too.
“With Dimitris Giannoulis we have had only one natural left-back. For that, it’s good to have Brandon in the building and hopefully he can help us achieve our targets.”
Williams could be in contention to feature in City’s Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth on Tuesday evening, pending permission from the FA and the Premier League.
Williams, a product of Manchester United’s academy, has seen his minutes on the pitch restricted at the club by the form of Luke Shaw at left-back, while Alex Telles is also competing for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first XI.
Norwich have begun life back in the Premier League by conceding eight goals in their opening two defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.