Manchester United have ended their search for a new left-back largely due to the performances of Brandon Williams, according to an exclusive report via The Sun.
Williams has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Red Devils, making 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring 1 goal, and averaging 1.2 tackles per game, achieving a solid rating of 6.91 via WhoScored.
As a result, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has firmly backed the young defender, and plans to make him first-choice in the future.
Football reporter Daniel Cutts commented, “the United academy product has also become a fan favourite, and has kept Luke Shaw out of the starting XI at times.”
“And Williams has held talks with Solskjaer in the past few weeks over his future and plans for next season.”
It looks like the 19-year-old won’t be leaving Old Trafford on loan before September. He has received plenty of high praise from ex-England international Gary Neville, who knows what it takes to be a top-class defender at United.
Williams is one of several youngsters who have been given loads of opportunities by Solskjaer so far, alongside fellow academy graduates like Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Tahith Chong and Axel Tuanzebe. The club legend is looking to rebuild the squad in the summer and has now abandoned plans to find a suitable replacement for the left flank.
The youngster has battled Luke Shaw over the course of the season for a place in the starting lineup. United originally intended to sign a player to provide the 24-year-old with some competition, although the emergence of the England U-20 international has freed up the funds for bigger transfer targets.
No doubt Shaw will be casting a wary eye over his shoulder as his young countryman is definitely hot on his heels. Remarkably, the former Southampton star actually has a lower WhoScored statistical rating than his teammate, as it currently stands at 6.87 overall.
Given his eye-catching performances, it is surely only a matter of time before Williams becomes a permanent feature in the first team.
He signed a new contract in the winter, keeping him at the club until at least 2022, with the board retaining the option to extend the agreement for a further year (Transfermarkt).
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