Manchester United seemed to pull off quite the coup when paying around just £15million for Alex Telles last year.

Telles had experience playing for Galatasary and Inter Milan, and the Brazilian had built his lofty reputation with Porto, where he regularly impressed in the Champions League, demonstrating the skill set that made him such an attractive proposition to United.

The 28-year-old isn't a traditional left-back.

His confidence and quality when in dangerous areas sets him apart from most other players in his position. Telles added another dimension to Porto's attacks in the years that he spent in Portugal — he was often found roaming high up the pitch on the left channel — and he left the club with a record of 26 goals and 57 assists in 195 appearances.

Any midfielder would be proud of that record, never mind a left-back.

While Telles was a certain starter at Porto, he's been limited to sporadic involvement since he arrived in Manchester and that's down to Luke Shaw's outstanding renaissance. Shaw blossomed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he enjoyed the best season of his career last term.

However, most of United's squad have criminally underperformed this season, and Shaw is no exception to that.

Only Newcastle (29) and Norwich (27) have conceded more goals than United this season. The defence is a huge issue that incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick will have to address.

Harry Maguire looks devoid of confidence right now — he's a shadow of his true self — while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Shaw have also struggled for form. Any calls for Shaw to be dropped last season would have been considered absurd, but they certainly don't anymore.

Solskjaer's sacking brings uncertainty and Shaw might not be the guaranteed starter he once was under Rangnick.

The German agreed terms to become United's interim manager on Thursday and an official announcement is now imminent.

Rangnick's meticulous approach and deep appreciation for the tactical side of the game will make him the perfect antidote to Solskjaer, but when Rangnick does arrive at Carrington for his first training session, he may want to clear the air with Shaw.

That's because Rangnick, speaking last year, actually claimed that United should sign a new left-back to replace Shaw.

"I think that they could do with a left-back," Rangnick said. "I know they have Luke Shaw but I'm not so sure if he's still on the same kind of level you need for a club like Manchester United."

If Rangnick still holds that view, Telles has already proved he's a wonderful attacking left-back, who could be suited to the German's football, and he might just be set for a new role.

The Brazilian has been thoroughly professional despite a lack of game-time and his patience might soon be rewarded.

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