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Hargreaves explains why Telles could be perfect for Shaw at Man United

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Owen Hargreaves believes Alex Telles’ arrival could actually help Luke Shaw at Manchester United, as it would allow the England defender to tuck in and play in a back three, with the Brazilian occupying a wing-back role on the left flank.

Telles signed for United from Porto on transfer deadline day and was handed his full debut against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made three changes.

United have conceded 12 goals in their opening four Premier League matches this season and Shaw, along with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, has received criticism for his performances.

As part of the reshuffle against PSG, United switched to a back-three system which served them well in games against the so-called bigger teams last season.

Shaw started in a left-sided centre-back role in Paris, as he often did last season when Solskjaer reverted to such a system.

“He (Telles) is a good player, a great attacking player,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “He gets assists, works up and down, he’s probably more suited to playing as a wing-back because defensively he’s not great.

“In terms of assists, his numbers are off the charts. He’s great on set pieces, he’s a good addition to United, a modern full-back. When Luke Shaw was at his best last season it was when he played left on a back three which might suit all parties.”

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