In the final minute of regulation time during this evening’s Europa League quarter-final tie between Manchester United and Granada, the Red Devils added another goal to their tally.
Forgotten summer signing Donny van de Beek drove forward as a counter-attacking opportunity arose, carrying the ball some distance before slotting it over to Juan Mata.
32-year-old Mata showed he still has the same quality control and ice-cold composure on the ball as he drifted away from the crowd to fire it to the opposite flank for a marauding Alex Telles.
Telles took one touch before floating a pinpoint cross in from deep, 5ft7 Mata leapt up to the ball in the box but couldn’t quite land a clean connection, leaving it to rattle off of defender Jesus Vallejo.
The ball went into the back of the net after it struck the Real Madrid loanee, sealing a 2-0 win on the night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and a 3-0 aggregate victory.
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The majority of Telles’ action for the Red Devils in his debut season has come in the cup competitions, with the Brazilian making a total of 23 appearances as he’s played second-fiddle to Shaw.
The relatively low €15m initial fee for Telles, per BBC Sport, has worked out to be a tidy deal for United, it’s kicked Shaw into the best football of his career, but Telles has still had his moments like tonight.