Newcastle and Southampton keen on Manchester United starlet Brandon Williams
The full-back enjoyed a fine 2019/20 season and looked destined for bigger and better things. However, he played a largely fringe role last season, stunting his development to an extent.
The 20-year-old made just five starts for United last season and was denied a mid-season loan following the sale of Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Bayer Leverkusen and loaning Ethan Laird to MK Dons. In all, he made just 14 appearances across all competitions last season.
According to Manchester Evening News, United are ready to loan the player out this summer. Southampton attempted to sign Williams on loan in January only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reject the advances. The Saints now have a better shot at landing their man.
The Norwegian admits that the youngster will need to garner Premier League experience and a departure on loan currently presents him with the best opportunity to do so.
Newcastle United, managed by United legend Steve Bruce have also thrown their name into the hat for the player. According to the report, United will discuss with Williams before coming to a discussion. The onus is now on the player to make the move that he feels will benefit him the most.
Williams has predominantly played at left-back but can also do a job on the other flank if needed. The left-back position is locked down, thanks to Luke Shaw and Alex Telles, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the clear first choice at right-back.
United are also in the market for a new right-back and have Diogo Dalot returning from loan this summer. It is fair to suggest that Williams will have a hard time getting game time, let alone break into the playing XI next season.
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A move away on loan will help him not only gain more minutes but also reignite his development away from the spotlight. Williams still has much to hone and playing regularly at the top level will help him do just that. The loan move can be considered a win-win for all parties involved.