Alex Telles

United Briefing: Play with no fear

Thursday 18 March 2021 08:00

Alex Telles says he and his Manchester United team-mates will play in exactly the same way as always at the San Siro on Thursday night - with no fear.

The Reds go into the second leg of our Europa League last-16 tie knowing we have to score at least once after the Rossoneri grabbed an injury-time equaliser at Old Trafford a week ago.

It promises to be a fascinating match at the San Siro and Telles says it's a test everyone is looking forward to.

"Our main challenge will be to have a great game, put everything we've been doing in training into practice and continue doing everything we've been doing in recent games," Alex told club media's Mark Sullivan.

"It won't be easy, Milan are a great team and are playing very well. Our biggest challenge will be to work hard from start to finish, faithfully following Ole's instructions and if we do this we'll definitely leave Milan with a positive result.

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"I think the qualities we need for the next game are the same ones we've been showing, no change from what we've been doing - play together, united, with each player knowing their role," he continued.

"I think the most important thing is helping your team-mate out in whatever situation, if a team-mate is having a tough time we'll lift them up so we can get a good result.

"Also playing without fear, play the way we've always been playing, move the ball as quickly as possible and I'm sure we'll get the goal."

Telles knows all about playing at the San Siro having spent a year on loan with AC Milan's fierce rivals, Internazionale. Indeed his debut for Inter came in a 1-0 victory over Milan back in September 2015.

He has fond memories of his time there and, if selected, is fully focused on trying to ensure it's a memorable night for the Reds this evening.

"I had a great time at Inter, I was very young and I learnt a lot there," he explained. "On a tactical level, I think the Italian school of football really works the tactical side of the team. I learnt a lot as a player and evolved a great deal tactically, I undoubtedly left there a much better, more developed player.

"I think the defensive area is the most important, scoring goals is great obviously but to score goals we need to defend well," he added.

"Defending starts up front with our attackers. It will be very important for us to go into the game focused on our defence as Milan are a very good side with quality players. I'm sure that if we score and defend as well as we have been in recent games, we'll score and get through to the next round."

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed his travelling squad for the Milan trip with 20 players making the journey including the fit-again Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek. Edinson Cavani and Eric Bailly missed out after late fitness tests.

Marcus Rashford joined Ole at his press conference and dismissed fears of an injury concern. Ole also discussed the team's progress to date but insisted that winning the Europa League or FA Cup would not mean we are the finished article.

We brought you photos from the squad's final training session before the game and imagery from on board the team's Aeroflot flight to Milan.

We also confirmed a new contract for young defender Teden Mengi, who is currently on loan at Wayne Rooney's Derby County. Read the full details on Teden's new deal now.

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It's matchday of course so all focus will be on this evening's big clash at the San Siro. Check out our full match preview here.

You can follow the best build-up from Milan on MUTV's pre-match show which starts at 18:55 GMT and don't forget our Official App will bring you news of our starting XI first, at around 18:45 GMT.