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Is Brandon Williams ready to displace Ashley Young?

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Brandon Paul Brian Williams born in Manchester on the 3rd September 2000. Williams made his Under-18s debut as a substitute in the 4-2 defeat to Reading in the final league outing of 2016/17 season.  The defender blossomed into a regular starter for the young Reds, making 22 appearances across domestic competitions and in the UEFA Youth League. Williams has worked hard to add a real attacking edge to his game and became a key component of his style of play.  He made his Premier League  debut on 20 October 2019 against Liverpool at Old Trafford as a late substitute. With Ashley Young suspended and Luke Shaw injured, Williams was handed his first league start on 10 November 2019 against Brighton and put in a MOTM performance in United's 3-1 win.
The question that needs to be asked is whether Williams is the likely replacement for the injured Luke Shaw and has done enough to replace Ashley Young who has been playing left back in Shaw’s absence. Solskjaer and his coaching team assess …

Reds on International Duty

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And just like that, we have reached yet another international break. One major difference this time around is the mood surrounding the club. United players jetted off for their respective international duties in high spirits having won five of the last six games.

If anything, this break has come at the wrong time for the Reds who have seemingly started to build some momentum across all competitions. But on the other hand, the next two weeks give some key players the necessary time to come back to full fitness ahead of the hectic December schedule.

Players who got called up to action for the November international fixtures: 

England (Nov. 14 vs. Montenegro, Nov. 17 vs. Kosovo)
Marcus Rashford
Harry Maguire
Dean Henderson (on loan at Sheffield United)

England U-21 (Nov. 15 vs. Albania U21)
Mason Greenwood

Wales (Nov. 16 vs. Azerbaijan, Nov. 19 vs. Hungary)
Daniel James
Dylan Levitt

Spain (Nov. 15 vs. Malta, Nov. 18 vs. Romania)
David De Gea

Sweden (Nov. 15 vs. Romania, Nov. 18 vs. Faroe Isla…

Premier League Grades: Matchday 12

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We take a look at this weekend's action and with another international break on the way, it will be time for many clubs to recover, reform and aim to kickstart the busy winter period with a positive performance in two week's time. Here are the scores for this weekend:

Norwich vs Watford 0-2
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 2-0
Southampton vs Everton 1-2
Newcastle vs Bournemouth 2-1
Burnley vs West Ham 3-0
Tottenham vs Sheffield United 1-1
Leicester City vs Arsenal 2-0
Manchester United vs Brighton 3-1
Wolves vs Aston Villa 2-1
Liverpool vs Manchester City 3-1

Here are the grades:
NORWICH 4/10
This game could have lifted Norwich City out of the dust but instead sunk them even lower. This should have been the game for Norwich to go all guns blazing but it seems their defensive woes outrank that of Watford's. Worrying signs.

WATFORD 8/10
This was a fantastic result for the Hornets. Their first win of the season! Deulofeu looks back to his best and without Deeney, Gray is doing a fairly decent …

Manchester United vs Brighton Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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It seems as though brighter days have finally arrived. Manchester United cruised to their fifth win in six games by rolling over Brighton (3-1) on Sunday afternoon, and for once, the Reds can jet off to international duty in high spirits.

The thing that has hurt United the most this season is the inconsistency. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men kicked off the season in rampant fashion, and they managed to follow it up with some decent performances thereafter — but with nothing to show for it.

United could barely buy a goal unless it was from the penalty spot after losing their killer instincts following the Chelsea season opener, but after the Liverpool game last month, something changed. Something clicked.

United came out of the dreaded end of October - beginning of November stretch with five wins (three away from home) and a slip up to Bournemouth. The floodgates gradually began to open, the return of Anthony Martial freed up the now clear top goal scorer in Marcus Rashford, and Unite…

How should Solskjær use Pereira?

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Photo Credit: Peter Powell/EPA

Andreas Pereira has been at Manchester United for a long time, seven years to be precise, and although he's spent two seasons on loan in Spain (16/17 with Granada and 17/18 with Valencia) the coaching staff clearly saw enough of him to justify the reward of four year contract, this in a year when stalwarts like Fellaini and Herrera were allowed to move on to pastures new. The general consensus on the terraces was that Pereira was no more than a squad player, someone to bring on when you're a goal or two up and you want to save a senior players legs for the big game on Sunday. Sure, there was that unbelievable goal he scored against Southampton last season, but apart from that you barely knew he was on the pitch.

During the last two seasons he's been asked to play in numerous positions, and he never really looked at home in any of them. CM, DM, AM, wide right, you name a midfield role, he's played it, which probably goes some way to explai…

Manchester United vs Brighton Preview

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Next up for Manchester United is a home tie at Old Trafford against Brighton Hove and Albion on Sunday the 10th November. At the beginning of the season, you would have predicted that this would have been an easy victory for Manchester United, however due to the form this season the tie has completely changed, now this game has become a mid table clash between a 9th placed Brighton and a 10th placed Manchester United.

Manchester United looked to have turned a corner in recent weeks with them getting a draw against Liverpool, and following that with 3 wins in a row against Partisan, Norwich and Chelsea respectively. However, last weekends result against Bournemouth threw a spanner into the works as Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 defeat. The performance of Manchester United in that game was dreadful as they like any creativity or bite, so they will be hoping for better this time round. United once again come into a Premier League game on the back of a cup Victory in the week, so fa…

Manchester United vs Partizan Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Thursday 07 November 2019
Venue Old Trafford

Manchester United  vs Partizan 3-0
Mason Greenwood (22 mins)
Anthony Martial (32 mins)
Marcus Rashford (49 mins)

On a typical cold rainy wintry Manchester evening Manchester United were looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Europa League Competition having an impressive record of 14 games undefeated in the competition and looking to improve on this record against their visitors Partizan Belgrade. The Manchester United team that was selected  to start was a more experienced team than the team usually fielded by Solskjaer  with just Mason Greenwood representing the talented youth in the starting lineup.  Captain arm band handed to Ashley Young and Sergio Romero was in goals. Man United were looking to play a free flowing opening attacking brand of football and their intentions were clear as an Anthony Martial attempt was ruled offsides in the opening 2 minutes . Partizan also signalled their intentions and their first attempt at goa…