Cape Town - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the
display of man-of-the-match Brandon Williams after the teenager starred
in Manchester United's victory over Partizan Belgrade.
United tasted victory away from home for the first time since March’s
remarkable Champions League triumph at Paris Saint-Germain by digging
deep on a difficult night in Serbia.
Partizan pushed to the death, backed by a raucous home support, but
Anthony Martial’s first-half spot-kick proved enough as United came
through Thursday’s Europa League clash with a hard-fought 1-0 win.
Martial scored the match-winning goal but it was Williams who got the
lion’s share of the praise, with the 19-year-old bursting into the box
and drawing the game-defining penalty.
It was an impressive performance by the left-back, while full
debutant James Garner, 18, came through his baptism of fire
impressively, and Solskjaer was delighted with his young duo and the way
they handled to atmosphere.
"They did excellent,” Solskjaer said of the teenagers. "I thought
Jimmy just grew and grew in the game, became better and better.
"And, for me, Brandon was man of the match. He’s been fantastic the
few games he’s played. The boy has no fear, he is as brave as a lion and
he got us the win."
It was a much-needed victory having gone 33 weeks without winning
away from Old Trafford, with United holding tight in Belgrade as
Partizan laid siege on their goal.
Solskjaer praised the character shown by his side as they held on for
the win and is now hoping the Reds can take heart from the win and kick
on to better things.
"Of course, I’m happy now that we can just look forward to the next
one," Solskjaer added. "Try to build momentum. We need to win away from
home in the league, but another clean sheet and that gives you a
platform to win games from."
- TeamTalk Media