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Alex Telles claims some credit for Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner for Man Utd against Villarreal


Alex Telles scored his first Manchester United goal in the win over Villarreal on Wednesday (Picture: Getty Images)

Alex Telles not only scored a stunning equaliser for Manchester United against Villarreal on Wednesday in the Champions League, but also claims his words of wisdom helped Cristiano Ronaldo net the dramatic late winner.

The left-back is getting a run in the first team thanks to injury to Luke Shaw and he made his mark with a spectacular volley to level things up at 1-1 against the Spanish side in the second half after Paco Alcacer opened the scoring.

The game looked set to end in a draw until Ronaldo popped up with the latest of winners for the Red Devils, creating a classic European night at Old Trafford, despite Villarreal missing a string of chances to cause a big upset.

Telles had been substituted by the time Ronaldo found the back of the net, but he says that some sage words of advice helped the Portuguese superstar stay cool at the crucial moment.

‘So, it was the first time I play with him,’ the Brazil international told TNT Sports, via The Express. ‘Off the pitch, we already have this closer relationship because we speak Portuguese.

‘Five minutes before he was a little upset that we didn’t get any balls to him. I said “it will arrive, it will arrive, stay concentrated because it will arrive”. And as soon as I went off, Ronaldo doesn’t need much, right?

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his last minute winner at Old Trafford in style (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We know his quality, we see it on a daily basis. So it only took one ball in the box and he gave us the victory. It’s a dream.’

It seems that communication was key for United in the win as Bruno Fernandes also says that he told Telles where to stand for his goal.

It was Fernandes who crossed a free-kick to Telles on the edge of the box for the full-back to volley home, although the former Sporting man insists he deserves no credit for it.

‘Alex was coming to me and he was telling me he will do the overlap over the ball and if there’s a chance pass it to me in the box,’ Fernandes told MUTV after the game.

‘But I said go to the edge of the box because they will drop and I will ping the ball over there and you can hit it first time or if you have time control it.

‘It’s all the quality of Alex, nothing to do with me, okay the ball was good and it went straight to Alex but Alex made a really good strike and an unbelievable goal.’


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