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Manchester United evening headlines as Brandon Williams loan stance explained

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Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Friday, January 29.

United’s Brandon Williams loan stance

MEN Sport understands that Brandon Williams will not leave United on loan before the end of the January transfer window.

Williams is viewed as cover at both full-back positions, especially after the departures of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ethan Laird at right-back. However, with the arrival of Alex Telles at left-back, he has not made a Premier League appearance since March and has just three starts to his name since the start of the season.

Solskjaer previously admitted that it has been a difficult period for the 20-year-old, though he reiterated his belief in his potential.


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“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 for 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 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.”

Pochettino on managerial links

Mauricio Pochettino says that he never commented on links to United because he was rumoured to be a potential target of many different teams during his year out of football.

The Argentinian left Spurs in November 2019 but was hired to replace Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season.

MEN Sport revealed that United were interested in Pochettino during a difficult run of form in the Autumn, but Solskjaer has since turned the tide. And now the PSG boss has broken his silence on the links.

“I didn’t want anyone to think that I speak because I do not have a job and maybe, I’m offering myself,” he told AS. “The good thing about that situation was that every morning you woke up in a different club. One day they placed you at Madrid, another at United… At PSG…

“That’s why I didn’t need to have that media visibility. I had it without wanting it. I was a bit lucky in that regard. They linked my name to different clubs and the exposure came spontaneously.

“I was travelling virtually from one club to another. Surely when you talk, it has some basis, but for it to be done for real, as with PSG, ties have to be closed.”

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Manchester United lost 2-1 to Sheffield United as they passed up an opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League table.

There’s no time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players to feel sorry for themselves, though, with a game against Arsenal at the Emirates to come on Saturday.

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Dwight Yorke’s message to Martial

Dwight Yorke has backed Anthony Martial to rediscover his best form after another difficult outing against Sheffield United on Wednesday.

Martial was once again far from his best in midweek and has now not scored seven games, with just five goals to his name all season.

Yorke, though, believes that the criticism of Martial has been a little harsh and believes that the Frenchman will improve soon.

“He’s had a pretty difficult time, at times, hasn’t he and I think he’s been singled out, in my opinion, very harshly,” he told the official club website.

“I think he’s a fantastic player for what he brings to the team but has probably, in my opinion, been singled out far too often. He’s done a fantastic job and is still only a young guy. Coming into our league in England is very difficult for any guy and he’s still at that, I call it, the football education stage.

“He’s still 25 and has a couple of years before he really blossoms into the footballer he should become. He’s still at that learning curve but, yeah, I feel winning takes care of everything. It’s an old cliche but, when you’re scoring goals as a striker, that will always take care of everything.

“At the moment, he’s not doing that and people always point the finger at an individual or a few individuals, singling him out at the moment. So, for me, it’s been harshly done but, at the end of the day, being a Manchester United player, you are always going to have people trying to do that.

“You’re under that scrutiny, so to speak, so you have to rise above it and show what you’re capable of doing. I’m sure he can produce the football we’ve seen in the past and get back to that and it will take care of everything else.”

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