Manchester United night grabs headlines as Brandon Williams’ loan stance revealed

Here are your headlines from Manchester United’s Friday 29th January night.

United’s Brandon Williams loan position

MEN Sport understand that Brandon Williams will not leave United on loan until the end of the January transfer window.

Williams is seen as cover at both full-back positions, especially after the departures of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ethan Laird at right-back. However, with the arrival of Alex Telles at left-back, he hasn’t made a Premier League appearance since March and has just three starts to his name since the start of the season.

Solskjaer had previously admitted it had been a difficult time for the 20-year-old, although he reiterated his belief in his potential.

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“With Alex signing and Luke’s form he hasn’t really looked at left-back this season,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier this month. “Last season I think he made all three semi-finals, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and he’s had a great rise for a great first season.

“This season has been more difficult for him. I think he’s put his head down and worked really hard lately. He’s shown me he has the desire to fight through this.

“That’s the most important thing, when you get your first big contract you do well, can you bounce back from being in the team less?

“Brandon has shown that lately I hope he continues the way he does. He knows my view on it, he knows my view on him and we believe in the boy.”

Pochettino on managerial links

Mauricio Pochettino says he never commented on United links because he would have been a potential target for many different teams in his year without football.

The Argentine left Spurs in November 2019 but was brought on to replace Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season.

MEN Sport have revealed United were interested in Pochettino during a difficult period of form in the autumn, but Solskjaer has since turned things around. And now the boss of PSG has broken his silence on the links.

“I didn’t want anyone to think I’m talking because I don’t have a job and maybe I’m offering myself up,” he told AS. “The good thing about this situation was that every morning you woke up at another club. One day they placed you in Madrid, another in United… At PSG…

“That’s why I didn’t need to have that media exposure. I got it unwittingly. I was a little lucky in that regard. They linked my name to different clubs and the exposure came spontaneously.

“I was traveling virtually from one club to another. Certainly when you speak it has a basis, but in order for it to be done for real, like with PSG, the links have to be closed.”

Message from Dwight Yorke to Martial

Dwight Yorke backed Anthony Martial to return to his best form after another tough outing against Sheffield United on Wednesday.

Martial was once again far from his best in midweek and has gone seven games without scoring, with just five goals to his name all season.

Yorke, however, feels Martial’s criticism has been a little harsh and thinks the Frenchman will improve soon.

“He had some tough times at times, didn’t he, and I think he was singled out, in my opinion, very harshly,” he told the club’s official website.

“I think he’s a fantastic player for what he brings to the team, but he’s probably, in my opinion, been singled out way too many times. He’s done a fantastic job and is still just a young man. Getting into our league in England is very difficult for any guy and he’s still, I call him, in the football education stage.

“He’s still 25 and has a few more years to go before he becomes the footballer he should be. He’s still at that learning curve but, yeah, I think winning takes care of everything. It’s an old cliché. but, when you score goals as a striker, who will always take care of everything.

“At the moment he’s not doing that and people are always pointing the finger at an individual or a few individuals, singling them out in the moment. So for me it’s been a tough one but ultimately being a Player of Manchester United, there will always be people trying to do that.

“You’re under that scrutiny, so to speak, so you have to rise above it and show what you’re capable of. I’m sure he can produce the football we’ve seen in the past and get back to it. and he’ll take care of everything else.”

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