Man Utd coach Kieran McKenna forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer player into changing position

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Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna changed Brandon Williams’ position, according to reports. The England left-back has, for the most part, been a good asset for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ever since making his debut in November 2019. But he’s only made six appearances for the Red Devils this season, with the latest coming in a 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday night.

According to The Athletic, McKenna has played a significant role in Williams’ rise.

It’s claimed that, during his time as a youth-team coach, the 34-year-old changed the full-back’s position.

McKenna thought Williams, who is naturally right-footed, would be better off changing from right-back to left-back because of Ethan Laird.

They thought it would be the best way of managing the 20-year-old, with Laird and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both ahead of him in the pecking order.

Williams made 36 appearances last term, while Laird spent the season playing in the Under-23s and has since joined MK Dons on loan.

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But the England international has struggled for game time this term, making just six appearances across all competitions.

He’s currently behind Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order at right-back, with Solskjaer deploying Axel Tuanzebe at times there as well.

And, on the opposite flank, Williams will find it hard to oust Luke Shaw and Alex Telles from his manager’s team selection.

Solskjaer blocked the teenager from leaving on loan during the summer transfer window, with Southampton keen at the time.

But with Williams struggling, whether he stays at United or departs is something only time will tell.

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Meanwhile, speaking after United’s 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday, Solskjaer hailed Williams for his performance in that match.

“I thought he had a very good game,” Solskjaer told the Manchester Evening News.

“Of course, he’s not played for a while, he’s playing on the right-hand side. We want him to go and be an attacking full-back and it might be easier for him on the right side.

“But very pleased with Brandon, one of the positives.”

Before the game, Solskjaer was cagey when quizzed about Williams’ future.

“With the signing of Alex Telles and the form of Luke Shaw, he’s [Williams] not really had a look in on the left this season,” said the Norwegian.

“He played last season, I think in all three semis — in Europa League, FA Cup and the Carabao and he had a great first season.

“This season has been more difficult for him. I think he’s put his head down, worked really hard lately.”

“That’s the biggest thing: when you find your first big contract, you do well, but can you bounce back after not being in the team as much and Brandon has showed that lately so hopefully he’ll just keep carrying on as he does.

“He knows my view on it, he knows my view on him, and we believe in the boy.”

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