Ten Hag shows exit door to Man United star that Solskjaer admired

Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Former Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave breakthroughs to many academy stars REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Brandon Williams has been told he has no future under Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

Man United’s famed academy has become a source of much inspiration for Erik ten Hag.

The Dutch coach, who finds himself under scrutiny for his below-par tactics and questionable decision-making in the transfer market, has had to rely on the club’s young stars amid disappointing performances from his signings.

Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho, and Willy Kambwala were all used by Ten Hag last season to grind out many results. This trend, however, isn’t new at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also handed debuts to many academy stars, including Brandon Williams, during his time at the helm. The academy left-back became a regular under the Norwegian due to Luke Shaw’s injury struggles.

However, Williams steadily found himself on the fringes of the first team, and under Ten Hag, he seldom found his name in the matchday squad.

Now, it has been confirmed that the 23-year-old star has been released by United upon the expiration of his contract.

Williams, who spent time on loan at Ipswich Town last season under Solskjaer’s former assistant Kieran McKenna, departs his boyhood club after making 51 senior appearances.

While the Red Devils have shown one left-back the exit door, they are working on bringing a new one this summer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, United intend to sign a new left-back this summer and are eyeing Bournemouth’s talent Milos Kerkez.

Still, as things stand, they have not opened any talks for Kerkez and it’s not going to be easy to convince Bournemouth for a summer move.