Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams has not had the smoothest start to his loan at Ipswich Town.
At the weekend he was thrown into a frenetic clash with Leeds, landing up on the losing side in a 4-3 defeat after coming on as a substitute.
Last night Brandon Williams was named in the Ipswich starting line-up for the first time, and had the worst start possible.
While attempting to cut out a cross, he ended up scoring an own goal, just 74 seconds into the match.
Brandon Williams ends up on winning team
Williams’ Ipswich were away against League one side Reading in the Carabao Cup second round.
By the second minute, Williams had bundled the ball into his own net, a nightmare start to his Ipswich career.
Ipswich did manage to turn it around, scoring at the end of the first half, and then early in the second.
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Williams was substituted in the 60th minute, one minute after Ipswich had taken the lead. They didn’t manage to hold onto it, drawing 2-2, before winning on penalties.
The fact his own goal did not cost his side will help Williams. They are into the third round, and he can brush this off and move on.
Williams has reason to be positive
Williams can take the view that he is over the worst. You don’t hit a lower point than an own goal a minute into your first start for a new side.
There was a some good from him after that. He managed 75 touches inside his 60 minutes, creating one chance, and also made four interceptions.
Williams won four of five aerial duels and drew two free-kicks. There is something to build from there.
Erik ten Hag took the view he wasn’t ready for Manchester United level. While he has shown he has been, on a short-term basis, before, it was a long time ago.
What was notable about this appearance for Brandon Williams was that it was his first competitive start since May 2022, while on loan at Norwich City.
He made only one appearance for Manchester United last season as a substitute. Aside from that he has had to make do with friendlies and under-21 games.