Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will block the club’s ambitions to loan out young defender Brandon Williams to Southampton.
Williams who made his first-team debut last season had been backed to play more games this season but that has not been the case with the Englishman just starting two games which all came in the EFL Cup this season; other of his appearances for the club coming on as a substitute.
Williams has just managed 31 minutes in the league this season and had been linked with a loan move to Southampton as Soslkjaer prefers Wan Bissaka at right-back with Axel Tuanzebe and Victor Lindelof all capable of playing in that position.
The Telegraph however claims that the Norwegian isn't willing to let the England U21 international elave the club in January.
“Manchester United have rebuffed an initial approach from Southampton to loan Brandon Williams, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting he will not be pushing any of his fringe players out of the door this month given the importance of maintaining a big squad.
“United have not completely discounted the idea of allowing a player or two to leave on loan in the winter window. But Solskjaer believes having a big squad will be more important than ever this season given that the congested schedule brought about by the Covid-19 crisis has increased the threat of injuries and fatigue and feels he is already reaping the benefits of regular rotation,” reporter James Ducker wrote.
Apart from Southampton, Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in the player.