Brandon Williams says he is disappointed, Solskjaer praises Alex Telles

Brandon Williams’ first Premier League start of the season did not end as he would have liked.

The 20-year-old was on the losing side as Manchester United slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

He was filling in at right-back for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and did not have the greatest of games, as you might expect in his first league start since July 2020.

Williams though holds himself and the team to a high standard, and sent a message expressing his regret at the defeat.

United are still in second place despite the loss, and can look to bounce back against Liverpool on Thursday night.

Williams will be back on the bench, but may get a chance against either Fulham or Wolves next week.

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Solskjaer praises Telles

Alex Telles was also back in the starting line-up for the Leicester game, and Solskjaer was impressed with his contribution, and the way he helped debutant Anthony Elanga.

Solskjaer expressed some regret that Telles has not had many starting opportunities in the league this season, referring to Luke Shaw’s improved fitness record along with his rejuvenated form as reasons for the former Porto defender’s lack of chances.

The boss told the club website: “I think anyone who doesn’t play as much as they’d like would be frustrated and disappointed.

“Alex is a very good lad, I’ve had conversations with him, of course. He knows that when you’re at Man United you’re challenging against the very best for a place and Luke has had a fantastic season and has kept fit for longer, but Alex, whenever he’s played, has done really well.

“I was really pleased with him today, you could see his experience out there, in behind Anthony [Elanga]. It was important for Anthony to have Alex behind him to help him.”

You would think Luke Shaw will come back in against Liverpool. But with Harry Maguire out injured, perhaps there is a case Solskjaer is more cautious and chooses not to risk another key defender.

United won’t want a situation where Telles looks to leave in the summer, and then the club are left looking for another left-back.

Luke Shaw may not enjoy another injury free season for a second successive year, and it would be typical if Telles left and then Shaw was to break down. Hopefully United are intelligent enough to realise this, and Telles will stay patient.

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