Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United signed Alex Telles to mirror Liverpool’s attacking full-backs.
The Old Trafford legend, currently Wales manager, thinks is former club are looking for more success out wide like Liverpool have with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson so integral to Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning side.
United signed Telles from FC Porto for £15.4m, as per The Daily Mail, where he scored 26 goals and registered 57 assists. That really is an incredible output for a defensive player and his crosses against PSG on Tuesday night were inviting to say the least.
“Telles, I think that’s something we’ve been missing,” Giggs told the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel.
“You look at Liverpool, Trent and Robertson – the goals and assists that they provide.
“Now, full-backs have to have that in their armour. If the wingers are coming in, the full-backs have to create the width and make goals.”
Liverpool are not the first team to play with attacking full-backs, but they did so very well during the past two seasons. For instance, Alexander Arnold has 36 assists in 140 Liverpool games and Robertson is on 32 from 134.
Luke Shaw did a very good good as part of the central three which operated against PSG with Telles and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on either flank.
We have already learned that Wan-Bissaka isn’t the best going forward but when he can’t be criticised when it comes to defending. So, Solskjaer will be over the moon if Telles can do damage on the opposite wing.