Brandon Williams to stay despite Newcastle and Southampton interest

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Brandon Williams will be staying at Manchester United despite interest from Newcastle and Southampton, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

The two Premier League clubs and a host of others in the Sky Bet Championship had wanted to take the youngster on loan, but speaking after United’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal, Solskjaer said Williams will be needed for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old left-back has made six appearances for United across all competitions this term, starting and completing 90 minutes in 3-0 wins over Brighton and Luton in the Carabao Cup, and a 1-0 victory against Watford in the FA Cup.

“Brandon will stay,” Solskjaer said. “He played [for] the U23’s against Liverpool [on Saturday], he needed the match fitness. He has been working really hard. We don’t have any more players that we feel should be going. We need a strong squad.

“It’s a relentless season. We go again on Tuesday. It is like the NBA, we are on the road all the time. We need everyone. The group is tight.

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“Brandon has been really good lately, working really hard the last few months and he will be ready when the chance comes.”

Williams became United’s third-choice left-back after they signed Alex Telles in the summer to compete with Luke Shaw, but he can also provide cover at right-back.

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