Luke Shaw: Cavani and Telles can boost morale at Manchester United

‘Fresh faces are a good thing’: Luke Shaw says new Manchester United signings Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles can ‘change the mood’ at Old Trafford and tips them to have the same impact as Bruno Fernandes

  • Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is excited about the club’s new arrivals  
  • The Red Devils brought in Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles on deadline day  
  • Teenager Facundo Pellistri also came in as the club left their business late 
  • Shaw hopes the fresh faces can boost the club like Bruno Fernandes in January 

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw believes the new signings can have a galvanising effect at Old Trafford – just like Bruno Fernandes earlier this year. 

The Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the season and were thumped 6-1 at home to Tottenham last time out, but responded by bringing in former PSG striker Edinson Cavani and Porto left-back Alex Telles on deadline day.

Teenager Facundo Pellistri also arrived and it provided a glimmer of hope to fans who had been left frustrated by just one new arrival up to that point in £40million midfielder Donny van de Beek, and Shaw hopes the fresh faces can help lift the spirits. 

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is hopeful the club’s new signings can help lift morale 


Alex Telles (left) and Edinson Cavani (right) both arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day 

The left-back has tipped them to boost morale in a similar way to the January arrival of midfielder Fernandes, who was an instant hit at Old Trafford in January and inspired an upturn in form.  

‘We’ve got a few new arrivals in and that can maybe boost the morale of the squad and bring something different,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘Fresh faces are sometimes a good thing. Like we saw with Bruno, it can change completely the mood of a squad.

Shaw believes the new recruits could have the same galvanising effect as Bruno Fernandes 

The Red Devils have suffered a poor start to the season and are in need of a confidence boost 

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will desperate for his new recruits to do just that and hit the ground running as they travel to Newcastle on Saturday after damaging defeats by Crystal Palace and Spurs. 

Their only win came against Brighton, after the final whistle following a VAR check, with the Seagulls hitting the woodwork five times.

Shaw has played every minute of their three games so far but the arrival of fellow left-back Telles could put his place in the team under threat. 

Shaw is not threatened by Telles and wants to fight for his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team

However, the former Southampton star says a little healthy competition can do no harm and insists he is ready to work even harder to stay in the line-up. 

‘Competition for any team is a must,’ he added. ‘There is competition for every single spot and you’ve got to be ready for it, work hard and give the manager a decision harder than what he’s had to make before.

‘Competition is very healthy for the squad, it’ll push everyone even more because everyone wants to play.’




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