Alex Telles leaves Man Utd fans fuming for role in West Hams opening goal

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.

The Brazil international joined the club from Porto back in 2020, but was limited to 24 appearances last season as England defender Shaw found a consistent run of good form.

The 28-year-old, who managed 13 goals in his last full season in Portugal, would've been delighted to get in the team under Solskjaer in the cup on his return from injury.

However, West Ham had a lively start following their Premier League defeat to the Red Devils, with Manuel Lanzini slotting home after just 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 not only knocked the ball past the defender with ease, but he had plenty of time and space to pick out his man, leaving United fans far from happy.

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.

"Whenever I get the chance to play, I'll give everything for Manchester United to win the lot."

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