Four ways Manchester United can deal with Alex Telles' injury

Alex Telles’ ankle injury is less than ideal for Manchester United. The Brazilian faces a few weeks out after suffering an injury in training.

United had a chance to rely on Telles in the early weeks of the season with Luke Shaw dealing with a rib injury sustained at Euro 2020. Shaw may be fit to play but also may not be 100 per cent.

United do have a few options to deal with the situation heading into August, which has three Premier League games.

Here is a look at four solutions for United to explore to deal with the left-back spot…

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Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams is in pole position to fill in at left-back almost by default. He is third choice and if Shaw and Telles are unavailable then he is best placed to step in.

Williams has been linked with a loan move away from United. This could still happen but a move could only be sanctioned at the end of August.

The performance at QPR probably did not help Williams’ cause. He was solid enough against Derby and impressed with his competitiveness at Pride Park. The display at Loftus Road was not so great.

Williams’ positioning was poor and he had a sloppy display defensively that he will be disappointed with. He needs a big display against Brentford in midweek at Old Trafford to show he can step up.

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Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot has played at left-back for Manchester United before and did so frequently for AC Milan last season on loan.

Like Williams, Dalot could head out on loan at the end of August, but could have a fill-in role during August while Luke Shaw gets up to speed and while Telles is out.

Dalot is set to return to United for pre-season this week and could have a role to play in pre-season against Preston next weekend.

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Kieran Trippier

United have been linked with signing Kieran Trippier since June, most recently by The Telegraph, and it is likely the club make another play for the Atletico Madrid defender.

Trippier can play left-back and did so for England against Croatia in the opening game of Euro 2020, keeping a clean sheet.

While he would be a transfer target to compete at right-back, the injury to Telles could accelerate United’s push to sign Trippier now.

Trippier is familiar with the Premier League and could go straight into United’s XI even if he joins just days ahead of the season.

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Anthony Elanga

The wildcard. This would not even have been an option if not for an impressive last 15 minutes filling in as emergency left-back against QPR.

Elanga impressed with his pace and drive to get forward and he could be a useful option if United switch to a wing-back system temporarily, as Solskjaer has done before.

The young Swede impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his performance and he is in contention for a first team role in 2020/21. He will help out wherever he is required.

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