Man Utd loan star Brandon Williams explains ‘middle finger’ post after backlash

Brandon Williams has issued a statement about his deleted Instagram post which appeared to show the middle finger to Norwich.

The Manchester United loanee 21, posted the image along with the caption: “What a beautiful day. Easy up Norwich City”. But now the defender explained why he decided to upload the picture on Sunday. "Yesterday after leaving the stadium I was taunted and abused by fans surrounding the stadium whilst I was in my car," he said on a Insta story post.

"After the abuse, I was followed by individuals who only stopped following me once they became aware I had noticed them. However passionate fans are it is not right that a small minority abuse players or, in this case, follow them.

"Since arriving at Norwich I have played for the club as if I were a permanent member of the team. It is unfortunate that a small number of fans behave like this. There is no club investigation as incorrectly reported in the media. I would like to thank those fans who have sent me messages of support at this unsettling time."

Williams, who has been at Carrow Road all season, is widely considered one of the best-performing players for the relegated side. He featured in the Canaries' 4-0 thrashing at the hands of West Ham at the weekend.

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The wing-back has started 23 games in the Premier League for Dean Smith’s side but is expected to head back to Old Trafford at the end of the season, whereupon he will be assessed by incoming manager Erik ten Hag.

It comes after United received backlash for a Twitter post they had made in which they praised the Ten Hag for keeping Ajax four points clear of rivals PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch title race.

It read: “Erik ten Hag's side maintained their advantage in a dramatic afternoon in the race for the Eredivisie title”, with a link to a story lauding the Dutchman. The backlash meant the club soon deleted the post.

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