Social distancing couldn’t forestall Alex Telles from being greeted by Manchester United supporters exterior The Lowry Lodge on Thursday afternoon. It has been seven months since United checked into their pre-match hang-out however there may be some overdue membership illustration through Telles, each inch the archetypal footballer sporting Balmain, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.
Telles was in Peru as just lately as Tuesday evening, the place he got here on within the second-half of Brazil’s World Cup qualifying win in Lima. He can have had two coaching classes – on the most – along with his new membership teammates by the point of the Saturday evening encounter with Newcastle, and the jet-setting would ordinarily be an excuse for Telles to start out on the bench.
But he has the advantage of coming into a St James’ Park devoid of the Geordie din and the vitriol that rains down from the Gallowgate, and Luke Shaw’s lazy efficiency in opposition to Tottenham remains to be recent within the thoughts. These are excuses to start out Telles.
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Time will inform whether or not Telles has been purchased to vie with, or change, Shaw. United went over six years with out signing a left-back as their rivals bolstered with skills aged 22 or 23 and a proposed trial for Alphonso Davies, the 19-year-old Bayern Munich whippersnapper, by no means materialised. Telles turns 28 in December.
United boasted they first clapped eyes on Telles when he was at Galatasaray in 2014 and had scouted him extensively during the last two years. Telles was a starter in Portuguese matches United had a scouting presence at although Jose Mourinho – the United supervisor two years in the past – is known to haven’t any recollection of Telles being mentioned as a goal. His left-sided suggestion was solely Ivan Perisic.
Telles’s agent Pini Zahavi hawked him round Europe in the summertime, contacting Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham, earlier than the Brazilian was chaperoned from Manchester Airport to Carrington by the United head of soccer improvement John Murtough a day earlier than the deadline. Mourinho, nonetheless loyal to Porto, is alleged to be impressed by Telles’s front-foot method.
Telles tallied two objectives and two assists in his final three appearances for Porto. He ended final season with 13 and 12 – numbers that dwarf Shaw’s total United profession (two objectives and 11 assists, particularly) – and United are behind the curve with their improvement of full-backs.
Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka value £81m mixed. The latter created 4 objectives final season and the superior attacking right-back has joined AC Milan on mortgage. Telles value nearly as a lot as one other United deadline day addition – Daley Blind – did in 2014 and the Dutchman had productive spells at left-back that stored Shaw sidelined.
Telles may very well be the one deadline day acquisition who travels to the north-east. Edinson Cavani is staving off cabin fever in quarantine, Amad Diallo is because of contact down in Manchester in January and the Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri, already recognised as a first-team squad member at 18, would require time to adapt.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nonetheless has a bloated 31-man squad and will likely be grateful that the Champions League affords him bigger matchday squads. Whereas the vast majority of Premier League golf equipment voted in opposition to the interim 5 substitutions rule to cut back benches again right down to seven substitutes, in Uefa competitions golf equipment are permitted as much as 5 modifications from 12 substitutes.
European aways will likely be dearer for United, who might take as much as 24 gamers to Paris, given Lee Grant participates within the warm-ups with David de Gea and Dean Henderson. For the flight to Newcastle, United would require a lighter plane.
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Telles and Shaw are sure to be at St James’ however possibly not Brandon Williams, who ought to get to return to the scene of his maiden first-team involvement on the Parc Des Princes on Tuesday. United haven’t any notable harm considerations after Eric Bailly recovered to start out for the Ivory Coast of their second worldwide in opposition to Japan.
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Fourteen United gamers have been on worldwide obligation, so greater than half of Solskjaer’s squad have had a breather for the reason that Tottenham trouncing on October 4. Shaw ought to be more energizing than Telles by advantage of no jet-lag and has the luxurious of not shielding from others beneath the identical roof.
This weekend is a take a look at of Solskjaer’s ruthlessness: United have misplaced two from three within the league and sieved 11 objectives. Sir Alex Ferguson made 5 modifications for the subsequent Premier League fixture at Everton after the 6-1 shellacking by Manchester Metropolis in 2011 and just one (the injured Ashley Younger) was enforced.
Everybody, from 18-year-olds Pellistri and Teden Mengi to these twice their age (Grant), are match. Even Phil Jones drove himself into Carrington on Thursday.
Attainable United home squad (when all match): De Gea, Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, Telles, Matic, Pogba, Fred, Van de Beek, Mata, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial, Cavani.
Attainable United Champions League squad: De Gea, Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mengi, Shaw, Telles, Williams, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Fred, Van de Beek, Mata, Fernandes, James, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial, Cavani.