Manchester United laboured to yet another draw on Thursday evening, with the Reds picking up a sole point during their first away Europa League fixture this term.
Ordinarily, you’d take a point from a match against a tricky AZ Alkmaar side, though the manner of the performance left plenty to be desired.
Again, the attack looked toothless. United had no shots on target throughout the 90 minutes and honestly, they never really looked like scoring.
Defensively, though, the 20-time Premier League champions looked solid. Their best player? Brandon Williams, who was making his full United debut over in the Netherlands.
Anyway, after the match, his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, heaped praise on the 19-year-old and rightly so. For me, Williams was our Man of the Match from the left-back slot, and all credit to him.
“[He was] top class, top performance for a full debut. So happy for him. He’s got no fear, he’s brave, wants the ball, takes people on, tackles, he’s physical. So happy for him.” Solskjaer told United’s in-house channel MUTV, per the Manchester Evening News.
It’s not easy to come into the side in a tricky away game and do such a great job when staring adversity in the face.
Let’s be honest, Williams got no help from the players in front of him and he was under duress and pressure from his opposite number pretty frequently.
For the most part, though, Williams didn’t put a foot wrong and seriously he deserves huge praise for that. I’m already thinking he’s more effective than Ashley Young while I have no doubts he’ll push Luke Shaw hard for the starting job on a regular basis.
Credit to him, and what a brilliant night for the whole Williams family. Congratulations, Brandon!