After a disappointing start to the season, Brandon Williams might yet have a part to play at Manchester United.
The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit, with interest from Bayer Leverkusen, Southampton, and Newcastle, Sky Sports reported.
But Newcastle are now ready to give up, the Northern Echo reported, believing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will simply not let him leave.
Here is a look at four reasons why Williams is trending towards staying put…
He started at the weekend
Let’s deal with the obvious one first. Williams is still in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans as a back-up right-back.
Williams played all 90 minutes against Watford and helped United to keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
He did not show too much going forward, perhaps because he was paying so much attention to trying to be solid at the back.
Williams has to build up his confidence after being out for so long. Playing 90 minutes will help.
To his credit, Williams has started three matches for United this season in the cups, and United have kept clean sheets in all three.
Ethan Laird was sent out on loan
United had an option to promote outstanding under-23 right-back Ethan Laird, and send Williams out on loan.
The choice appears to have been made, with Laird sent out on loan to MK Dons to gain experience.
Perhaps Laird will eventually overtake Williams, but for now, United are not ready to make that switch.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is free to leave
When Aaron Wan-Bissaka was out for the first game of the season, it wasn’t Brandon Williams who stepped in, but Timothy Fosu-Mensah instead.
Now it appears the Dutchman’s long stint at Old Trafford is winding down.
Fosu-Mensah was not even on the bench at the weekend, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stating ahead of the game that the defender is free to leave as soon as this month, via The Mail.
If Solskjaer planned to use Fosu-Mensah, Saturday night was the game to do it. Instead it is Williams who has a role.
Top option is off the table
United had been reported by Sky Sports last month to have been keen on signing Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier.
This is no longer viable, with Trippier having a 10 game ban hanging over him, BBC Sport report.
It is just too risky to sign Trippier, and United are better off sticking with Williams, who made more than 30 appearances in all competitions last season.
A lot can change before the end of the transfer window, but for now, Williams may have won Solskjaer over.
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