Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker hopes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will keep faith with Brandon Williams as his starting left-back, after the youngster came in for criticism after his performance against Sheffield United yesterday.
Williams had his toughest outing yet at Bramall Lane, but recovered from a difficult showing to score his first goal for the club. That has not been enough for some, who feel that it was an example that perhaps the youngster is not equipped for the rigours of playing for United. Parker however strongly disagrees and feels Solskjaer should keep faith.
“It is all short term thinking these days, with people always thinking a change is the way forward, be it managers or players, and I think to myself is this what we have become?” Parker said, exclusively on this week’s WeAreTheBusbyBoys podcast.
“It was a very sticky game for him, but he will have learned more from that one game than all of his previous games. The bonus was he had had a massive lift in scoring that goal.”
“If he doesn’t play him in midweek, that’s okay, but I hope Ole plays him in the next Premier League game. Please don’t take him away from the team and have him thinking that he didn’t do good enough. This is a test for Ole to see what he does; forget about resting, Brandon’s a young lad, he wants to play. He’s on a high, he’s loving it. Let him keep that, he hasn’t done badly. Did Nicky Butt come in and play consistently every week? No. Did Ryan? No, he blew hot and cold.”
“He has to make Brandon believe that he is edging in to become a permanent player for the club. And that is Ole learning to become a man manager. If he doesn’t play him on the weekend, that would be a massive concern. You’re not going to judge him because he didn’t do that well against Sheffield United. Look at the experienced players out there. Did they do enough to help him? At the worst, I would leave him at home this week so he doesn’t have to travel all that way, and then tell him that he can go out there (next weekend) because he deserves to.”