Williams struggles to contain in-form winger and former United target

Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams is looking to bounce back after a difficult afternoon trying to stop Watford’s in-form winger Ismalia Sarr at the weekend.

The United academy graduate was the man tasked with stopping Sarr, but he couldn’t prevent the talented pacey star scoring two goals in the Hornets’ 3-1 win against Norwich City.

That took the Senegalese’s Premier League tally for the season to three, and he has scored 50% of Watford’s six top-flight goals so far this season.

Only Bruno Fernandes, Michail Antonio and Mohamed Salah have scored more Premier League goals than the 23-year-old (WhoScored).

Tough day at the office for Williams

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Brandon Williams was up against one of the league’s quickest and trickiest wingers.

Only Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin (4.4) and Wolves’ speed demon Adama Traore (9.8) are currently averaging more dribbles per game than Sarr (3.2).

But Williams was often caught too high up the pitch which allowed Sarr space to run into and time to punish Norwich.

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With the Canaries trailing 2-1 entering the 80th minute and Daniel Farke’s side still hopeful of securing their first point of the season, Sarr put the game beyond doubt.

Tim Krul parried a Josh King shot, but Williams had no idea where Sarr was and he couldn’t stop the winger tapping-in his second of the match.

Coming directly up against Sarr, Williams only registered one foul in the match which is something of a rarity this season considering the rough treatment Sarr has been getting.

Only Wilfried Zaha (4) currently averages getting fouled more times per game than Sarr (3.2).

Learning curve for Williams

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It was only last week that Williams was being praised by his manager for the way he dealt with Arsenal’s record £72 million signing Nicolas Pepe.

But this weekend he was unfortunately given the run around by another talented African winger.

Playing week in, week out against the best wingers is going to test and aid Wiliams’ development and that was the reason why his loan move was sanctioned.

The 21-year-old was coming up against Sarr, who at one stage was ‘very close’ to joining Manchester United according to Watford’s former ex-technical director, Filippo Giraldi.

Williams will be desperate to respond to Saturday’s disappointment and he has a Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool and a league game against Everton in his next two games to do exactly that.

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