Defender ‘joined to play’ he tells Solskjaer, Fernandes sent Cantona message, Dortmund ‘relying on Sancho sale’ Fernandes issues Van De Beek claim

Telles came to play, Fernandes sent Cantona message, Van De Beek claim made and United handed Sancho boost in Manchester United roundup…

Alex Telles says he moved to Manchester United to play – but is full of praise for Luke Shaw.

Telles signed for Porto from Galatasaray in 2016 and went on to win two Portuguese league titles and the Portuguese Cup in nearly 200 appearances for the club and he was the second signing for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

He has made some impressive performances for the club since his move to Old Trafford and it looks like Solskjaer finally has a left-back that will be able to compete with the very best players in the game.

However, Shaw has enjoyed something of a renaissance this season in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s improving United team, and The Englishman’s solid performances have kept summer signing Telles out of action, with the Brazilian playing just 45 minutes out of their last six Premier League games.

But despite being impressed with Shaw, Telles has sent a clear warning to his new boss: “I’m very prepared to play,” Telles told United’s website ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Liverpool. “I’m also very happy with the performances of Luke and his hard work.

“I came here to play. And both me and Luke really develop together, both in training and games. I’ve played and have put in some good performances as well.

“United benefit from this as well, United the club, because we win by having good players available. And if needed I’m here, ready, focused and prepared to play.

“And once again I repeat that I’m really happy for Luke Shaw, his great performances and contributions.”

Manchester United superstar Bruno Fernandes says he “would not be happy” if he was Donny van de Beek.

Van De Beek has been in the headlines alot over the past few weeks, as he is constantly being mentioned in the media that he is not happy with the current game time that he has been receiving since his move to Old Trafford

The Netherlands international has only scored once in 22 appearances, with the majority of those outings coming from the bench, leading to question marks over his position in the squad.

But The 23-year-old was handed a rare start in an FA Cup fourth-round clash against Liverpool on Sunday, and Fernandes, whose stunning late free-kick sealed the home side’s victory, empathises with Van de Beek but still insists he has an important role to play in the current squad as the season progresses.

“We have a really good squad and we have options. If you look at the bench and the first XI today and the ones at home we have a really good squad, it will not be a problem if we change the team or someone is tired because we have really good players,” the United talisman told MUTV.

“Donny did a great game, playing in the position I play watching him he moves really good, he played really well. It’s important for us.

“If I was in the position of Donny I would not be happy at all but the most important is doing what he does today, coming in and helping the team.”

Ryan Giggs has told Bruno Fernandes he needs major silverware in order to stand alongside the likes of Eric Cantona at Manchester United

Since his arrival to Old Trafford from Portuguese football, Fernandes has become one of the most deadly attackers in the Premier League and a real source of goals for the United side.

He has been drawing obvious comparisons to legendary figures of the past, with his role as chief playmaker placing him into a talent pool alongside the likes of Cantona, and he produced another inspirational moment in his most recent outing, with a match-winning free kick crashed home in a 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round clash with Liverpool.

Giggs is hoping to see the Red Devils get over that line with Fernandes leading the way, telling Stadium Astro: “Eric, when we won the FA Cup in 95-96, he was the difference. In the big games he would every often be the difference.

“Fernandes undoubtedly has had a massive impact on United. There have been comparisons with Eric and the impact he has had – not just his quality but the fact everyone around him seems to be playing better.

“You can just see he is a winner. When things aren’t going right he is telling other players, he’s having a go at the referee, he is constantly moaning and he wants to win.

“He has been a revelation since he came to United. Like all top players, he has to do it in the big games and then win trophies.”

Giggs added on the comparisons with Cantona: “Of course there are similarities – penalty takers, scoring and assisting goals, same position.

“The results have changed since he came into the club and generally lifted the club. But, Eric won three or four leagues and the FA Cup – that’s the benchmark.

“It’s not easy because there is a lot of quality and not a lot of trophies to win. Once he has done that, then you can talk about him and the likes of Cantona.”

Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund ‘relying’ on his sale.

It is no secret that Sancho is the number one transfer target for Man Utd and they tried to get a transfer deal over the line in the summer, but were not prepared to pay that massive asking price that Borussia Dortmund have placed on the head of Sancho

Sancho, 20, stayed at Dortmund and despite making a slow start to the season he’s rediscovering the form that attracted him to Man United in the first place, and there has been some reports in the media that United will renew their interest at the end of the season.

A report by Sport1 claims that Dortmund are ‘relying’ on the sale of Sancho to balance their books, and they are more than open to letting the player leave should they receive the offer that they are looking for.

German football expert Raphael Honigstein recently claimed he doesn’t expect anything to happen in the current transfer window but expect the Sancho negotiations to start again in the spring time.

Honigstein told Sky Sports: “Everybody in Dortmund knows nothing will happen in January, the player is not agitating for a move, there’s a very clear agreement that transfers of that magnitude at Dortmund will only happen in the summer.

“So no one’s stopping United, if they went out, and felt really confident, to say, ‘let’s do this deal now, let’s make sure we get in now’. And maybe then announce it at the end of January. That’s inherently possible.

“We just haven’t seen or heard anything to suggest that they are indeed ready and willing to come back to that negotiation at the moment. I think everyone at Dortmund is under no illusions that the player wants to leave.

“But they think that the offers and the real negotiations will start closer to towards spring when clubs are perhaps in a better position to understand how much money they’ll have available for their transfer window in the summer.”

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