Opinion: Defender’s exit will be the ideal move for all parties involved  

Manchester United have had their fair share of players come and go from Old Trafford over the years, with some making more of a notable impact than others. With the Red Devils struggling in the last five years, it’ll be unsurprising to hear that some players have struggled to perform to the required standard. One of the players to fit that description is Brandon Williams, with the left-back finding the last few seasons tough. 

Williams has been with Manchester United since 2008, before breaking into the first-team picture in 2019, where he made his senior debut as a substitute in an EFL Cup match against Rochdale. He’s gone on to make 51 appearances in total for the Premier League giants but has found it tough to work his way back into the side in recent years. 

The 22-year-old was out on loan with Norwich City during the 2021/22 season and featured regularly for them whilst they were playing their football in the Premier League. However, he’s not played a competitive first-team match since December 2022, when he featured in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Burnley. Williams has featured during pre-season for Manchester United but is reportedly keen on pursuing a move away from the club in search of regular game time. 

United boss Erik ten Hag issued an update on Williams’ future and hinted that Williams’ future lies elsewhere. 

“We need players who are totally with their heads in our team.

“And, I wouldn’t say [Williams, Donny van de Beek], they are not, but it’s also obvious in this moment they are looking for something else.”

It has been previously reported that Leeds United are rumoured to be interested in a deal to sign Williams, although their interest is yet to result in a formal bid for Williams’ services. So, it’ll be an interesting few weeks ahead, especially considering that we’re edging closer to the summer transfer window reaching a conclusion. 

It seems as though Williams’ days at Old Trafford are numbered though, and at the age of 22, his best option is to leave the club before the summer transfer window closes. He’s got plenty of room to develop as a player in senior football, and it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see him dropping into the Championship in search of regular game time, which he certainly needs at this stage of his career. 

It’s been revealed by experts at that Manchester United are priced at 18/1 to win the 2023/24 Premier League title. Below, you’ll find the betting odds on Sky Bet for the rest of the likely title-challenging teams in the top-flight. 

  • Manchester City @ 8/13
  • Arsenal @ 9/2
  • Liverpool @ 7/1
  • Newcastle United @ 18/1
  • Chelsea @ 20/1
  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 40/1
  • Brighton & Hove Albion @ 50/1

Odds displayed are correct as of 5:12 pm, Monday 21st August 2023. Odds are subject to change. 

Written by Thomas Hein

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