Alvaro Fernandez could get Manchester United chances before the season comes to an end after Shaw injury

Manchester United are dealing with an injury to Luke Shaw which could rule him out until the rest of the season, report The Telegraph.

Shaw has undergone an operation to fix discomfort in his leg, involving getting the metal screws taken out which were inserted in 2015.

Alex Telles is the man in command at the left-back spot at present, but it is honestly hard to say his performances have been of a standout quality recently. Both he and Shaw have been fairly unimpressive.

So what can United do differently, and who becomes an option if Telles gets injured? This is where Alvaro Fernandez comes in…

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Diogo Dalot could play at left-back, as he did for AC Milan on loan. But he may be needed on the right. Turning to outstanding prospect Alvaro Fernandez could be a prudent and popular option.

Alvaro Fernandez: Star of the future

United raided Real Madrid’s academy to sign Alvaro Fernandez in the summer of 2020. Just 17 at the time, Fernandez is now 19 and ready to kick on.

He made an immediate impression at United, scoring in his first ever under-18s game from left-back, and was immediately promoted to the under-23s.

This season Fernandez has been gaining further experience for the under-23s, playing in the UEFA Youth League and EFL Trophy.

The youngster’s best trait is his drive to get forward and join the attack, to offer a dangerous outlet from full-back. While this can occasionally leave him undone at the back, his forward ambition makes him an exciting player to watch.

Fernandez has managed to provide a creditable eight assists. Among players at under-23 level, only Shola Shoretire (10) has managed more.

He has also been able to score four goals too, and has been called into the Spain under-19s squad.

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Fernandez has trained with the first team too, taking place in Cristiano Ronaldo’s first training session back at Carrington in September.

With Anthony Elanga promoted, and Hannibal also mixing in with first team training regularly, Fernandez deserves an opportunity to join them.

A loan move may be Fernandez’s best option next season, but right now with Shaw injured, a great opportunity lies ahead in which the young Spaniard can be fast-tracked into a first team role.

This is a great opportunity for Ralf Rangnick to bring the youngster in and give him some minutes before the end of the season to pick up experience. Fernandez is the type of player who can get fans on their feet, and at this stage of the season, he could be what Old Trafford needs.

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