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Brandon Williams expecting to stay at Manchester United beyond transfer deadline

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Brandon Williams expects to stay at Manchester United beyond Monday’s transfer deadline.

Despite interest from Newcastle and Southampton, the MEN understands United want to keep full-back Williams, 20, as cover following the departures of right-backs Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ethan Laird. Fosu-Mensah joined Bayer Leverkusen for £1.5million and Laird, 19, is on loan at MK Dons in League One.

Williams has not started in the Premier League since March and he has only been included in four of United’s league matchday squads this term. The academy graduate has made just three starts – in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

There is believed to be some frustration at United’s unwillingness to let Williams get regular playing time elsewhere after he made 36 appearances in his breakthrough season. Williams started in all four of United’s semi-final fixtures in 2019-20 but the club signed left-back Alex Telles from Porto for £13.6million on deadline day in October.

“With the signing of Alex and the form of Luke, he’s not really had a look-in at left-back this season,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier this month. “Last season, I think he played in all three semis, in the Europa League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, and he had a great rise or 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 will be involved tomorrow, he’s in the squad. He has shown me that he has the desire to fight through this.

“That’s the biggest thing, when you find your first big contract, you do well, can you bounce back after not being in the team as much?

“Brandon has shown that lately so hopefully he will just keep carrying on as he does. He knows my view on it, he knows my view on him and we believe in the boy.”

West Ham have agreed a £1.5m loan fee to sign Jesse Lingard for the rest of the season and will finance his £80,000 weekly wages. Odion Ighalo has returned to Shanghai Shenhua after his year-long loan with United expired and teenage winger Facundo Pellistri could leave on loan.

United are still seeking buyers for Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo, who have both been back home in Argentina this month and not trained at the club’s Carrington training complex.

Romero, 33, and Rojo, 31, have entered the last six months of their contracts and will be released in the summer if they are not sold before the 11pm deadline on Monday.

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