Manchester United were able to see off a definitive away win at last when they won 1-0 against Partizan in Serbia during their Europa League group encounter.
The tiring journey ensured that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to make some radical changes to his starting lineup. While United still underperformed on many levels and ought to have scored apart from Anthony Martial’s penalty, the game still held plenty of positives.
The key one is undoubtedly the manner in which their academy graduates performed, particularly Brandon Williams at left-back.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was elated with the 19-year-old, as he stated after the game: “The atmosphere was excellent. Intimidating but we gave them loads of encouragement. Our players had to step up and calm the crowd down – we couldn’t, but Brandon [Williams], I don’t think he put a foot wrong.”
The Norwegian went on to heap further praise on Williams: “Brandon [Williams] Man of the Match, absolutely excellent. Fantastic attitude, great defending, great in the air, gets us the pen by driving the ball forward, brave. We have found a left back there.”
The starlet also kept up his energy throughout the fixture as he was seen putting up spirited runs even in added time. The level of response from the supporters is quite telling of the sheer impact he made. It is quite evident that he could be a future fan favorite in the making.
James Garner was also awarded his first full debut with the senior team and was decent in the midfield alongside Scott McTominay. Solskjaer also addressed his performance, stating: “I thought Jimmy [Garner] grew into the game. [He] did really well in the end. Got tired in the end which is normal.”
With Mason Greenwood already a fan favorite, such performances add further brilliance to United’s future.