Williams believes the match with Manchester United will be a boost to Australian football.
A-League All-Stars forward David Williams is convinced the match with Manchester United will aid the growth of Australian football.
Since its inception in 2005, the A-League has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity overseas, with much of that down to the influx of prominent European footballers such as Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero and former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey.
Although frequently criticised for the quality of players coming through the Australian ranks, typified by the dismal performance of the Socceroos’ under-20 side at the recent World Cup in Turkey, Williams believes there is more to football Down Under than meets the eye.
The 25-year-old, currently plying his trade for Melbourne Heat, has spent his entire career in his home country and has witnessed first hand how standards have been been positively impacted by the addition of players from foreign clubs.
He now hopes the visit of Manchester United will further improve the national game and banish the preconceptions that currently exist in Australian football.
“It’s definitely promoted it to be a better league than what others around the world might think.
“To match it against some of the big European teams will definitely help Australian football, help the Hyundai A-League and help it to grow in Australia.”