Telles hands Solskjaer injury boost

Manchester United have been given a defensive injury boost ahead of their UEFA Europa League tie with Granada.

According to the Red Devils, Brazilian left-back Alex Telles is back in action having missed the Premier League win against Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

He has now joined up with the club’s 24-man travelling squad for the game in what will be a huge boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Whilst Luke Shaw is the club’s first-choice left-back and currently in the midst of a sparkling 2020/21 campaign, Telles has all-but claimed a starting berth in Europe.

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Of the ten European matches that the Red Devils have played in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League this campaign, Telles has been left on the bench only once – that game being the recent 1-0 win against AC Milan at the San Siro. He was absent for matches against RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir but that was due to a positive COVID-19 test.

When he has been afforded chances, the £25.2m-rated defender, who was signed from FC Porto in the summer, has displayed his immense quality.

Despite having only played 18 games for United, he has already accumulated seven clean sheets, as well as having provided a further three assists from left-back.

As a matter of fact, Telles is actually outperforming Shaw in interceptions, clearances and shots per game this season according to WhoScored.

The Brazilian’s availability would certainly be useful then in resting Shaw who having played every minute of the club’s last eight Premier League games, as well as having departed on international duty, could be due a rest.

Solskjaer will also have no qualms on including the £100k-a-week earning Telles, with the Norwegian previously stating that he “loves” the left-back’s attitude and work-rate.

It is certainly a huge positive then to see Telles’ back against Granada after his short lay-off.

AND in more news, the Red Devils have been handed what could be a huge blow in their pursuit of Ousmane Dembele…

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