Brandon Williams’ absence from Man Utd squad explained amid transfer speculation

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Brandon Williams missed Manchester United’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Everton due to a brief illness, according to reports.

Williams has been tentatively linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Reports suggest PSV Eindhoven have made him one of their top targets, and are eager to sign him permanently.

The youngster is still breaking into the first-team from the youth ranks, and is yet to start a game this season.

The signing of Alex Telles from Porto has pushed Williams down the pecking order, and it now seems unlikely he will be able to get consistent and regular first-team football.

He was left out of United’s squad entirely for their trip to Goodison Park on Wednesday night in the Europa League, a move that fuelled the speculation over his future.

However, it has been reported that the young left-back is recovering from a brief illness.

There’s no suggestion that he has tested positive for Covid-19, but missed training on Tuesday.

Due to Williams’ lack of playing time this season, speculation suggests he could be on his way out of Old Trafford, with interest from England and abroad.

Southampton have been tentatively linked with a bid, though they will apparently take him on loan instead of try and buy him permanently.

But PSV apparently want to agree a permanent deal for the youngster.

Speaking last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed any claims that Williams could be on his way out.

He said: “‘He’s played a couple of 23s games, so he’s been more involved.

“[A loan] is something we’ll look at in January but we highly rate Brandon so whoever’s interested they’re not wrong.”

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