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“Absolutely excellent” – Solskjaer excited as Man Utd discover a new left-back option

By James Richards

Published: 17:46, 26 October 2019

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed young left-back Brandon Williams as “absolutely excellent” in the Red Devils’ Europa League win in Belgrade.

The United boss said the 19-year-old was ‘man of the match’ following a driving performance from the defender who won the decisive penalty against Partizan Belgrade.

Who is Brandon Williams?: Five things to know…

  • Brandon Williams is a United academy product.
  • He made his debut this season against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.
  • Solskjaer gave him his full debut against AZ Alkmaar in October.
  • He won the penalty for United in Belgrade which proved to be decisive.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called his performance “absolutely excellent”.

United became the first side to win against Partizan away in Europe since Dynamo Kyiv in September 2017. The Red Devils were put under a lot of pressure but Anthony Martial’s penalty was enough to see United bag the win.

Nineteen-year-old left-back Williams won the spot-kick and was given high praise by his manager following the game.

“Brandon [Williams] was man of the match, ” his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“He was absolutely excellent. Fantastic attitude, great attitude, great in the air, brave and he gets us a penalty by driving forward with the ball so we have found a left-back there.”

Williams became the youngest United player to win a penalty for the Red Devils since Adnan Januzaj did so back in a League Cup game against Norwich City in 2013.

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Interestingly, United face a trip to Carrow Road on Sunday and will be looking to build following last weekend’s hard-fought draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devils have struggled to win games and score goals in the league so far and sit just two points above the relegation zone and three points ahead of the 19th-placed Canaries.

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