Alex Telles concerned about his Manchester United gametime

Alex Telles could leave Manchester United this summer amid concerns over his lack of game time at Old Trafford.

Of course, Erik ten Hag is now the manager and that gives everyone a fresh start, meaning that Telles could well become first choice ahead of Luke Shaw.

But the Athletic say that Telles is expected to consider his options over the summer because last season he just did not play enough.

That comes amid reports this week that Telles’ former club Porto are interested in taking him back two years after he joined United.

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Telles could leave United

Shaw endured a drop off after Euro 2020, where he shone and scored in the final and really struggled during a tough season for the team as a whole.

Perhaps Harry Maguire’s struggles as captain have taken some of the heat off Shaw, but neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick really gave Telles a real run in the side.

The Brazilian is good at going forward, but not so good defensively, and he did fail to take the opportunities he did get to play.

The report shares the areas ten Hag wants to strengthen, and would the Dutchman really want to try and get a new left-back in on top of that?

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Brandon Williams is also returning from loan, and teenager Alvaro Fernandez has been on the first team bench in recent weeks.

One question over a return to Porto is the salary, whether he would have to take a wage cut, and by how much. This could leave United having to loan him out, rather than selling him permanently.

That is the issue United will face regularly this summer as they seek to offload unwanted players, but it is up to the new regime to get that done.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.