Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides update on Brandon Williams’ future ahead of transfer deadline
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed defender Brandon Williams will not be leaving Manchester United on loan during the January transfer window, despite both Newcastle United and Southampton having previously expressed interest in the 20-year-old.
The left-back looked set to leave Old Trafford this winter in order to gain much-needed top-level experience, and a deal was believed to be close with the Magpies.
But after Man Utd’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, Solskjaer said Williams “will stay” at the club, while announcing that no other player will come out the exit door into the winter window.
“Brandon [Williams] will remain, ”confirmed Solskjaer.
“He played under 23 against Liverpool today, he needed to be fit for a game. I have no other players who we think will play it. It’s a tough season and we start again on Tuesday. ”
Williams was part of Man Utd’s landslide victory over the Liverpool Under-23s on Saturday, when they clinched a 6-3 victory, with new signing Amad Diallo scoring a brace – including a cheeky penalty from Panenka.
The defender gained vital physical form in this victory, and he hopes to prove himself to Solskjaer’s first team in the process. Williams fell to the side towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, then fell even further down the pecking order when Alex Telles joined the summer from Porto.
Now behind Telles and Luke Shaw in the race for the starting left-back position, it has emerged that a move to another Premier League club will be his only option to gain regular playing time, but the Norwegian boss has shut down the door on it. possibility.
He seems to be wary of injuries, leaving them short of quality alternatives on the pitch, so Williams has to patiently wait for his chance to arrive, and grab it with both hands if it does.