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Alex Telles facing pressure to prove himself to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd


Alex Telles will have to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in training after Luke Shaw returned to fitness with the Norweigan having two available left-backs going into a bust schedule of the season. The Brazilian has had a tough time so far with coronavirus and injuries but has looked good deputising for Shaw.

Telles knows he will have to continue impressing Solskjaer if he wants to keep Shaw out of the starting XI.

The 27-year-old arrived at United on deadline day in the transfer window after he convinced Porto to let him go, with his contract dwindling down.

But his time in Manchester has been stunted after he contracted coronavirus, keeping him away from the squad entirely.

Shaw has been the first-team role by Solskjaer but suffered an injury last month, which gave Telles the ideal chance to take his opportunity.

Another positive Covid test threatened to ruin that only for a negative test to be registered soon after.

Telles has since played every minute against West Brom and Istanbul Basaksehir in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.

And in Europe he has looked particularly good, earlier making his debut against Paris St-Germain in October.

Despite playing just two out of the four matches, he has created more chances (7) than any other player in the Champions League.

And Solskjaer has been happy with the Brazilian, though he has urged patience over the defender.

“He’ll be a great addition for us and he’s settled in really nicely,” he said after the 1-0 win over West Brom.

“Of course he’s had his upsets with Covid-19 and he’s been travelling a lot. But now we’ll give him time to settle.”

But with the return of Shaw to first-team training, Telles now faces a battle to keep his place in the team.

Shaw has been Solskjaer’s go-to man at left-back since his arrival as coach but now he has options, that could change.

Nevertheless, it is a grueling schedule at Old Trafford and rotation will be necessary – especially considering the number of injuries totting up.





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