When Manchester United decided to sign a new left-back in the summer it was for two reasons.
The first was that Luke Shaw cannot stay fit. That has been shown up already.
The second was that Shaw is not prolific enough in an attacking sense, despite his recent couple of assists before his injury.
Telles is already showing what he can do in this regard.
In the win over Istanbul Basaksehir, Telles created four goalscoring chances.
Telles’ four key passes was more than any player on the pitch contributed.
Bruno Fernandes followed with three. He was substituted after 59 minutes, enabling Telles to get ahead of him.
Telles though was instrumental in United’s first two goals. He was unlucky to see neither registered as official assists.
His corner took a couple of deflections before making it out to Fernandes who lashed the ball ruthlessly into the net.
Telles cross then created the second goal, with the goalkeeper spilling the ball into Fernandes’ path for a tap in.
Strong all round performance
Telles’ creative side underlined how he is already marking himself out as a key player for United.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka by comparison did not create any chances from the right flank.
Telles won two tackles and made two clearances, winning one aerial duel.
He had 72 touches in total, just one fewer than Donny van de Beek in midfield.
With Luke Shaw injured, Telles will now get a run in the United team. He seems to have embraced the challenge already.
This was his first Champions League game at Old Trafford for United and as he gets to know his teammates better and vice versa, his effectiveness will increase.
Already he is off to a very strong start and it looks like United have bought well.
- Five things we learned as Manchester United draw with Crystal Palace
- Manchester United line-up v Crystal Palace
- It’s getting harder to see Manchester United keeping Juan Mata
- Report: Erling Haaland will consider United but not Chelsea
- Luke Shaw has been ‘unbelievable recently’ says Dan James
- Some United fans react as Solskjaer predicts a quiet summer transfer window
- Predicted Manchester United line-up v Crystal Palace
- Teden Mengi’s first loan start at centre-back for Derby proves to be a tough one
- Manchester United fans react to Raphael Varane reports
- Solskjaer says Van de Beek is still an injury doubt for Palace game