Man Utd morning headlines as Telles offers boost with negative coronavirus test

Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Tuesday, November 17.

Telles gives United boost with negative Coronavirus test

Alex Telles’ Manchester United career hasn’t got properly underway since his October move from Porto.

The left-back has played just once for United, in the Champions League victory away to Paris Saint-Germain, with a positive Covid-19 test keeping him out of a number of games.

With Luke Shaw sidelined through injury, Telles is expected to be on the verge of a Premier League debut, but the club will have been worried by news from Brazil that Telles had returned another positive test while away on international duty. However, a second test has come back negative.

“After a negative result in his last test, Alex Telles will travel with the squad to Uruguay,” the Brazilian football federation (CBF) said in a statement.

Telles is available to play for his country in Montevideo, where a victory over Uruguay will help preserve Brazil’s 100% start to World Cup qualifying, before a potential Premier League debut for United against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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United’s probable line-up for visit of West Brom

Manchester United got an important win just before the international break, beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.

However, it wasn’t all good news, with Luke Shaw leaving the field early due to injury and joining others on the sidelines.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team welcome West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford in their next game, and Marcus Rashford is also a doubt for the Saturday night clash after a shoulder injury kept him out of England’s international games.

We have taken a look at United’s likely starting XI against the Baggies, where Solskjaer may be forced to start with an unfamiliar back-line.

The midfield picture is looking healthier, with a number of United’s regular starters coming through the first two rounds of international fixtures, while the manager will also be weighing up whether to give Edinson Cavani a first United start up front after the Uruguayan’s goalscoring cameo last time out.

France identify what Paul Pogba needs at Old Trafford

Paul Pogba has hit the headlines by describing the international break as ‘a breath of fresh air’ after seeing his role at club level diminished.

The Frenchman has made more substitute appearances than starts for United this season, but has been in the starting XI for Les Bleus’ games against Finland and Portugal.

And, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has struggled to find a system which suits both Pogba and the team as a whole, the United boss may want to look at France’s set-up to get a feel for how the midfielder can thrive.

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United entered the international break by winning what was arguably their most important match of the season at Everton on Saturday.

The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat the Toffees thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.

United have a two-week break with many of their stars heading off on international duty – we’ll be keeping tabs on how they all perform, and on preparations for their next Premier League match against West Brom.

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In the 26 games which Pogba has started in a midfield with N’Golo Kante – the most recent of which produced a 1-0 win in Portugal – France haven’t tasted defeat.

This could be enough to convince Solskjaer to use Pogba alongside Fred, the man whose numbers are closest to the Chelsea man, rather than treating the pair as an either-or.

If Pogba doesn’t leave United in a hurry, Solskjaer may soon be on the lookout for new ways to get the best out of the player. In the absence of a new defensive-minded midfielder, this could be his best bet.

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