Alex Telles was the left-back some Manchester United fans were crying out for. But, three months after his arrival, Luke Shaw still seems to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred option.
In recent clashes against Everton and Wolves, Telles was replaced by his £27million teammate with great effect.
United were searching for goals in both games and few sides would consider replacing one left-back with another. Yet that is exactly what Solskjaer did, and his side went on to win both.
Shaw has divided opinion among some United supporters for years. Yet the simple fact is he is one of Solskjaer’s most trusted players – and with good reason.
Still only 25, Shaw could soon be approaching his peak. And that is an exciting prospect both for him and for United as a whole.
Given Telles’s experience and attacking ability, it was expected that he would slot in relatively unchallenged following his £15.4million move (BBC). Instead, Shaw is the man picked more often than not.
Shining light at the back
So far this season, the England international has featured 16 times in all competitions while Telles has turned out on 11 occasions. The former’s injury-enforced absence in November saw the Brazilian step in, yet Shaw was back for the next game against Manchester City.
Telles has not done too much wrong and his quality is undeniable. His delivery from the left is arguably the best United have seen for a decade. Yet his arrival has not highlighted Shaw’s weaknesses but instead shone a light on his strengths.
If Shaw can keep a player of Telles’s quality out of the United starting XI, it speaks volumes.
The time has come for those remaining doubters to accept just how good Shaw is. They don’t need us to tell them. The proof is on the pitch.