Alex Telles move could give Manchester United player a new role – Richard Fay

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Manchester United need no reminder that time is running out in the summer transfer window. That same week, Liverpool sealed Champions League winner Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota as newcomers, Tottenham followed suit with deals to sign both Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon. United’s response will have to come on the pitch instead, with their opener against Crystal Palace now even more under scrutiny given a perceived lack of transfer activity.

A win at Old Trafford will offer a short-term solution to growing transfer concerns among the global fan base, but whatever the outcome, it’s clear the club still need further investment.

“We need a lot of players because we play three games in a week, so it’s a lot, and we want to fight for every competition,” said Donny van de Beek earlier in the week. He remains the only new signing for United this summer, although there are arguments to suggest Dean Henderson’s return is like a second.

Even if you take such a stance, it is hardly acceptable, and United know it themselves, although Executive Vice President Ed Woodward has once again reiterated the “most extraordinarily difficult” transfer window we have entered into. currently find.

Without sounding too much like a broken record, the priority should again be to sign a new right winger with just over a fortnight before the deadline, but as with the Van de Beek signing deal, there is still a clear reason to strengthen the less obvious areas. ground.

United’s form towards the end of last season stuttered amid growing fatigue from Bruno Fernandes, but it also coincided with an injury dismissal at the revitalized Luke Shaw. It is for this reason that United considered a move for Sergio Reguilon, and also why Porto defender Alex Telles is another player who has generated maximum interest at Old Trafford.

With other more pressing issues in the squad, there are arguments to suggest that United don’t necessarily need a new left-back this summer, after all they’ve ended their year-long search. after the emergence of Brandon Williams. However, the talented academy graduate could also explain why the issue was brought up again.

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“People say Aaron Wan-Bissaka has to improve in the future, but I say he’s a fantastic right-back,” said Gary Neville. The mail before the opening match. “He should focus on his defense and become a brilliant Manchester United defender, who keeps the sheets clean.

“The idea that you’re going to make Wan-Bissaka a Trent Alexander-Arnold or (Kyle) Walker is never going to happen. So let’s not focus on that. ”

On the opposite flank, United clearly have a problem with Wan-Bissaka’s lackluster attack threat, but he is arguably the best defensive right-back in English football, if not Europe.

However, by signing Such this summer, United would then have the option of switching Williams to have him covered on the right side of the defense rather than the left side. It’s a position that is more suited to the teenager, given his breakthrough playing a year ago in the club’s academy system.

The clear problem is that Diogo Dalot will only move further down the pecking order, but United must be ruthless this summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that fierce competition for places is crucial if the club are to return to the roost that they are. it used to occupy with a minimum. threat.

At just over two weeks away, United can’t be distracted by the squad’s biggest issues that remain unresolved, but a decision to sign the Porto defender Telles certainly makes more sense than at first glance. Not only would his arrival further invigorate the fight in rejuvenated Shaw, it could allow Williams to realize his potential by offering something very different on the other flank.

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