Alex Telles' moment of brilliance would have been worthy of a Manchester United winner

Newcastle will consider themselves unlucky not to have beaten Manchester United at St James’ Park on Monday night after running into an inspired David de Gea.

At the same time, Manchester United had chances to win the game too, and unfortunately Edinson Cavani could only score one of the goals he was presented with.

Cavani came close to netting a winner when he got onto the end of Alex Telles’ superb low cross, but he could not get a clean connection on his strike.

Newcastle cleared his effort and were able to claim a draw, amid a chaotic and disjointed performance from the away side.

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Telles’ pass was a moment of beauty

If Cavani had scored the late winner, Telles’ pass would be getting a lot of attention. So it’s only right we give him his due anyway.

The Brazilian got into an advanced position down the left side and curled a low pass between Newcastle’s two centre-backs and the goalkeeper.

The defenders dared not touch the cross for fear of converting an own goal, with the pass curling around for an onrushing Cavani to get on the end of it.

The pass was a moment worthy of winning any game, although it would have been a real smash and grab win if Cavani had been able to score a quite unjustified late winner.

Telles making improvements

United have seen a lot more of Alex Telles in recent weeks since he displaced Luke Shaw as the team’s first choice left-back.

Whether the £13 million signing from Porto keeps his place long term or not, he is doing what he can to keep Shaw out of the side as long as possible.

Telles has been part of a defensive improvement from United in recent weeks, and was generally solid against Newcastle even if the rest of the back four had their weak moments.

The left-back created three chances in total against Newcastle, more than any other Manchester United player.

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He also completed 89.4 per cent of his passes, the highest of any United player on the pitch, with right-back Diogo Dalot down on 75.6 per cent.

Telles won one tackle and made two interceptions, also winning one aerial duel.

He is not assured of keeping his place against Burnley, with the matches coming so close together that Ralf Rangnick could look to freshen things up by bringing Luke Shaw back in for Thursday night’s game.

But if there are only a handful of changes, Telles is one of the few players who featured against Newcastle who actually warrants keeping his place.

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