Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is backing Alex Telles to be a success at Old Trafford following his move from Porto earlier this month.
The Brazilian was snapped up for just €15m (£13.5m) with the player in the final year of his contract, and Giggs has compared the defender to Liverpool pair Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, who provide a huge number of assists from fullback areas:
“Telles, I think that’s something we’ve been missing. You look at Liverpool, Trent and Robertson – the goals and assists that they provide. Now, full-backs have to have that in their armour. If the wingers are coming in, the full-backs have to create the width and make goals.”
Giggs makes a good point in terms of how the modern game has changed the role of the fullback. While Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are both capable defenders, they do lack a cutting edge in the final third of the pitch.
Telles will certainly add something different to the mix, having scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions for Porto last campaign. He will likely perform better in a 3-5-2 as he has done recently, but it will be interesting to see how he does if Solskjaer opts to switch back to a four-man defence in the future.