Agent advises Brandon Williams to leave Manchester United

Brandon Williams has been advised to push for a move away from Manchester United by a Premier League agent.

The 20-year-old defender enjoyed a successful breakthrough season at Old Trafford as he played understudy to the rejuvenated Luke Shaw, but he now looks set for a spell on the fringes after United’s recent transfer business.

Williams only made his senior debut in September last year but quickly became a regular in the first-team with 36 appearances across all competitions last season.

The youngster signed a new four-year contract with United in August and his breakthrough last year initially convinced the club to cool their interest in signing a left-back amid interest in Ben Chilwell.

However, Williams was unconvincing in the absence of Shaw towards the end of last season and has now fallen even further down the pecking order after the deadline day move to sign Alex Telles.

Williams is right-footed and could be switched to right-back to compete with Aaron Wan-Bissaka now Diogo Dalot has left on loan, although Solskjaer started Timothy Fosu-Mensah in United’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace when Wan-Bissaka was not match-fit.

Southampton were one of the clubs to have enquired about the possibility of taking Williams on loan late in the summer transfer window, and now an agent has urged the youngster to consider such a proposal.

“Younger lads that didn’t go on loan will force a move,” the unnamed Premier League agent told The Athletic. “The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.”

“Brandon Williams doesn’t want to be No 3 left-back at United.

“He would be absolutely mental to not go somewhere like Leeds or Southampton. Or a top-half Championship club.”

Although Monday marked the closure of the international transfer window the domestic window remains open, with Premier League clubs still free to do business with lower league clubs up until Friday 16 October. Premier League clubs are not permitted to do business with each other.

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