MANCHESTER (VG) Brandon Williams (19) may retire from 15-year-old Ashley Young (15) from the early ranks of Manchester United.
Right-footed right-back talent began his first Premier League match on Sunday when Brighton were beaten 3-1 at Old Trafford. The reason is that Young, a veteran with a slightly misleading last name, came out on hold.
Williams seemed unaffected by the opportunity: The young man ran tirelessly up and down United's left side, impressing defense and offensive, far bolder than right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Old Trafford crowd applauded him when he was substituted for overtime.
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He was also chosen as the best player by Manchester United fans on social media.
– Brandon is smart, Solskjaer said at a press conference at Old Trafford, where he appeared more than an hour after the end of the match.
– He has played well before, but you never know how he will react to starting his first match in the Premier League. Looks like he was waiting for it. I told him on Thursday (when he sat on the bench in the Europa League): "Look forward to this one". "I think it's fair for him to rest on Thursday when he starts his first series," said the Norwegian.
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When a journalist said that "it seems that Williams has done enough to be the first choice" in front of Ashley Young, now Luke Shaw is out with a long-term injury, Sunskær replied:
– He hasn't done anything wrong since joining the team. He made it difficult for me to destroy it. He really impressed me, I must say. He must have made it difficult to get him out of the team.
United winger Daniel James is also impressed with the latest in a series of promising young players who will break into the first team.
– Brandon is amazing today. He is very good at practicing every day. He has an extraordinary attitude. He deserves extraordinary respect for the way he played in his first match from the start in the Premier League, James told the Manchester United TV channel.
Williams's entry into United's first team has been a bit out. His name first appeared when he was expelled from the Manchester United squad who traveled to Paris to play a return match against PSG in the Champions League in March, but the young man did not fit into the final match squad.
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When it became clear that Manchester United would play in the European League this season, Solskjaer looked at him positively and hit three young players who could get more time playing in the tournament: Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and James Garner. Williams was not named, nor was he expelled from United's squad, who traveled to Australia for a runoff season in July.
Now he may be a teenager who is almost a permanent place on the team, having been impressed from the start in two European League matches, especially away from Partizan, when he was awarded a penalty and praised as a brave and brave Solokær.
The manager had something new to worry about when he pulled out a team for an away match against Sheffield United in two weeks. But he will not have this headache.
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