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Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is ‘more than happy’ with his four full-backs – Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka

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Manchester United: Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka – Manchester United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Alex Telles will return to Manchester United’s starting line-up when they take on Aston Villa this Saturday. The 29-year-old was given the full 90 minutes in three of Ralf’s first four matches in charge, but Luke Shaw featured at left-back for the home games with Burnley, Wolves and Aston Villa. Follow InsideSport.IN for the latest sports news.

Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is ‘more than happy’ with his four full-backs – Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka

Luke Shaw will have to sit out of the trip to Villa Park having racked up five yellow cards in the opening 19 Premier League games which means an automatic one-match ban in the competition. Ralf Rangnick revealed that Alex Telles would come into the backline for the away game.

Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick is happy with four full-backs

The manager said that the Brazilian has already proved himself when deputising for an injured Luke Shaw who had suffered head injuries in November and December, with that good run of form helping earn him a first Brazil call-up since late 2020. Alex Telles and Fred are among the players who have been called up for Brazil’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers squad.

“It’s all about competition and in the last few weeks I think he [Telles] realised there was a realistic chance for him to play [for Brazil]. He will play tomorrow instead of Luke Shaw, even when Luke was injured or when he was fit, he still did well.”

Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is 'more than happy' with his four full-backs - Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is ‘more than happy’ with his four full-backs – Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United: Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka

“I’m more than happy to have two players like Luke [Shaw] and Alex [Telles] for that position as a left-back. The same is true for the right-back position with Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.” “We have, in each of those positions, two good players and depending on who is fully fit, fully fresh, do we need to rest somebody?”

“As with Luke [Shaw], it’s the case right now he is suspended, so it’s important to have two players [at full-back] with a little bit of a different profile. I think Alex [Telles] is a little more of an offensive wing-back/full-back [compared to Luke Shaw]. The same is true of Diogo Dalot on the right-hand side [compared to Aaron Wan-Bissaka].”

Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is 'more than happy' with his four full-backs - Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is ‘more than happy’ with his four full-backs – Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka

“The other two English full-backs [Shaw & Wan-Bissaka] are both defensively and offensively balanced players, so that gives the coach lots of options depending on which team you’re going to play.”

Ralf went on to describe the different positional ‘profiles’ Luke and Alex fit into and the positives of being able to rotate between them. He said that’s also something Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka offer on the right side of the defence and it remains to be seen which of those two will begin tomorrow’s game.

Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is 'more than happy' with his four full-backs - Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is ‘more than happy’ with his four full-backs – Luke Shaw, Telles, Dalot and Wan-Bissaka

Aaron has been named in the starting XI for the last two league outings, but Dalot returned for the Emirates FA Cup win over Villa on Monday.

Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits he is ‘more than happy’ with his four full-backs as he discusses who will start against Aston Villa

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