Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Brandon Williams will not be leaving Old Trafford on loan before the transfer window closes today.
Recent reports revealed the Red Devils were considering whether or not to loan out Williams amid interest from four Premier League clubs including Southampton having struggled for game time under Solskjaer this season.
It’s claimed the 20-year-old had emerged as Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s preferred candidate to provide backup for the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters after the Saints targeted him last summer.
However, Solskjaer dismissed all talk of Williams leaving on loan this month following Jesse Lingard’s switch to West Ham.
“Brandon will stay,” he said. “He played [for] the U23’s against Liverpool [on Saturday], he needed the match fitness. He has been working really hard. We don’t have any more players that we feel should be going. We need a strong squad.”
Nonetheless, he may want to reconsider his somewhat hasty decision. It’s fair to say that it has been a frustrating season so far for Williams, who has fallen down the pecking order after the arrival of Alex Telles in October.
The left-back, who can also provide cover at right-back, has only featured six times for United so far this season, with his last appearance coming as a substitute in the second half in the 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League last year.
By comparison, both Telles and Luke Shaw have cemented their places in the starting line-up, with the two jostling for position alongside club captain Harry Maguire.
The £9.9m-rated ace has only made one appearance in the Premier League, once again as a substitute in the 3-2 win against Southampton at St Mary’s, which should indicate that Solskjaer has no intentions of including him in his plans for the immediate future.
It’s not too late for the club legend to change his mind, with there still being a few hours left on the clock until the transfer market shuts its doors tonight.
There’s no doubting the fact that the academy product who broke through the ranks into the first team last season and was dubbed an “outstanding” talent by Solskjaer has been blessed with both obvious talent and vast potential but he needs to get some game time under his belt to continue his development.
Williams, therefore, should push his representatives to try to force a loan move as he has so far been unable to oust Shaw and Telles as Solskjaer’s preferred options at left-back.
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