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Brandon Williams set for January loan move

Manchester United’s defender could be on the move this winter.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering sending Brandon Williams on loan.

The United boss is considering a January exit for the 20-year-old full-back, who has predominantly played at left-back but can operate on the right, with the youngster falling down the pecking order.

Ahead of him on the left is Luke Shaw, which is perplexing because he does not know where to stand on a football pitch - a drawback for a professional footballer - and he looks to be overweight, which is some achievement for a young man who is paid to exercise for a living. Nevertheless, the occasionally effective left-back has been picked ahead of Williams for some time.

His biggest problem is Alex Telles, who arrived at late notice in the summer transfer window from Porto, who is actually a capable footballer who can control and pass a football, for all his other faults.

Fellow Premier League side Southampton are said to be interested in taking Williams on loan for the rest of the season, a move which would give him the chance to get regular first team action and then perhaps return in the summer with enough consistency and experience to challenge Telles for next season.

Speaking to the press, Solskjaer said that he would be willing to look at a transfer for Williams.

“Brandon has done really well since he came into the team,” said Solskjaer. “He had a slow start to the season for different reasons. I think he’s now coming back to himself.

“I can see more Brandon being Brandon again. I’ve enjoyed seeing him, I’ve enjoyed him more in training, he’s played a couple of Under-23s games and has been more involved.

“That’s something we’ll look at in January but we highly rate Brandon so whoever’s interested, they’re not wrong.”