Rangnick reportedly wants Williams to remain at United next season

Ralf Rangnick is a fan of Brandon Williams, who is currently out on loan at Norwich from Manchester United, according to the Sun.

They report that Rangnick sought out Williams when United faced Norwich at Carrow Road back in December to tell him he is a fan.

United won that game 1-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and Williams was not eligible to play against his parent club.

Rangnick apparently thinks Williams has a big future at Old Trafford and wants him to be a United player next season once his Canaries loan has ended.

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By that point, of course the plan is for Rangnick to no longer be United’s manager, with a new long-term appointment in the dugout.

But he is still intending to be involved at the club as a consultant, which means his opinion is likely to be sought about various club matters.

Of course, if the new manager really wants Williams out the door, it seems likely that is what will happen. But Rangnick may recommend that he stays.

Williams can play at left or right back, meaning that he could be a threat to any of the four first team full backs currently at Rangnick’s disposal.

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Perhaps Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks the most vulnerable, because he does not fit Rangnick’s blueprint for flying forward in the same way Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Alex Telles do.

Rangnick has switched between Shaw and Telles at times, which means it would be more of a surprise to see Williams usurp them in the United pecking order.

But Williams would offer a more combative, energetic right back option than Wan-Bissaka, if he does indeed stay at Old Trafford next season.

Norwich have struggled and are battling relegation but Williams won their player of the month award for January and is underlining that he can cut it at Premier League level.

There is a world of difference between Norwich and United, however, and Williams would still have plenty of developing to do in order to become first choice at Old Trafford.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.