Telles: There are no easy games

Friday 15 April 2022 20:00

Alex Telles has warned his Manchester United teammates that there are no easy games and to expect a tricky opponent in the form of Norwich City.

The Canaries are struggling for their Premier League survival. Dean Smith’s team currently sit bottom of the table and are seven points adrift of safety. Last weekend’s 2-0 victory at home to relegation rivals Burnley has given the Yellows a much-needed confidence boost going into their final seven games.

And it’s for that reason that United left-back Telles believes the Reds will have to be on it from the start at Old Trafford in Saturday’s 15:00 BST kick-off.

“At this point in the season, all games are difficult,” Telles admitted, alluding to the fact that everyone is fighting for something.

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“This season has shown that there are no easy games. Regardless of the opponent and their league position, they will be difficult games that we need to win.

“We'll do our absolute best to prepare as we know how important it is for us. We know how important the Norwich game is. These games will determine how we finish the season so it’s really important for us to work hard and do our best. “

Telles has competed for the left-back spot with Luke Shaw this season, with the Brazilian featuring 15 times in the league, while the Englishman has played in the competition on 20 occasions.

On Saturday, it’s almost certain that Telles will start. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick explained to reporters in his pre-match press conference that Shaw has undergone surgery to remove bolts put into his leg after a 2015 leg break. While the surgery was a success, the recovery time is longer than initially expected, ruling Shaw out for at least four weeks.

That gives Telles the starting berth for the back end of the season, a run which looks particularly busy in April.

United travel to Liverpool on Tuesday, only three days after hosting Norwich, and then down to London to take on Arsenal on Saturday. Should Chelsea win their FA Cup semi-final this weekend, then another midweek game will follow, against the Blues.