Alex Telles was handed a rare start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United’s Carabao Cup visit of West Ham – but he didn’t do an awful lot to challenge the place of Luke Shaw in the first-half.
Brazil’s international, who joined the club from Porto in 2020, was only able to make 24 appearances last season because England defender Shaw experienced a consistent run.
The 28 year-old scored 13 goals during his last season in Portugal and would have loved to have been included in Solskjaer’s cup team upon his return from injury.
West Ham started brightly after their Premier League loss against the Red Devils. Manuel Lanzini scored his first goal in nine minutes.
That strike came after Ryan Fredericks managed to get in-between Telles and Jadon Sancho, cutting back to his team-mate who was unmarked from 12 yards.
Fredericks did more than just pass the ball past the defense with ease. He also had enough time and space to find his man, making United fans very unhappy.
One fan wrote: “The gulf between Luke Shaw and Alex Telles is absolutely huge.”
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With a second adding: “Alexander Buttner was a better left back than Alex Telles.”
A third agreed by saying: “Alex Telles reminding me more of Alexander Buttner with every performance.”
With a fourth continuing: “Alex Telles is having a horrible game tonight!”
Telles said of his first-team return before the game: “I feel good.
“Things happen in football. I wasn’t very happy about that [the injury] but I took advantage of the situation by working harder.
“I feel better than before, I feel better prepared and stronger, physically and mentally. I’m much better and I’m thrilled to be back.
“If I have the opportunity to play, I will do everything to help Manchester United win.