Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams has made a big impression on him ahead of his full Premier League debut against Brighton on Sunday.
The 19-year-old has been handed his first league start for the club with Luke Shaw injured and Ashley Young suspended and will need to keep a Brighton attack that has scored nine goals in their last four games at bay.
Williams did not play against Partizan on Thursday, creating doubts over his participation today, but Solskjaer says he simply wanted the teenager to be fresh and focused.
Asked if it’s proof of how much faith he has in Williams, Solskjaer told MUTV: ‘Yeah definitely. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him since he’s come into the group.
‘Obviously we could have given him a game on Thursday but I thought it was best for him to be preparing for this one.’
He expanded: ‘Brandon’s been very good when he’s played. It’s a good test for him.
‘I rested him on Thursday night just for him to be ready. I think it’s fair when young boys play their first start in the Premier League they should be rested.’
United were in sparkling form against Partizan in the Europa League, recording a comprehensive 3-0 victory, and Solskjaer is hoping for more of the same.
Asked if he’s looking to continue that attacking intent, Solskjaer added: ‘Yeah we hope so. It was a good feeling after having seen so much attacking football.
‘We have to take into consideration the opposition. Of course Brighton is a better team than Partizan, for me, so we’ve got to get to that level and above.’
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