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Manchester United’s star Alex Telles selected to win Champions League award

Alex Telles has received a nomination for a Champions League award.

What? How? Have UEFA gone insane? No, this is not a best player or best XI of the tournament award.

Telles, on the other hand, has been nominated for the Champions League goal of the season title, and on reflection, he is a very worthy nominee.

Telles’ equaliser against Villarreal at Old Trafford in September was a stunning strike, a brilliant set piece routine from Manchester United, with Bruno Fernandes chipping the ball out to him, for the Brazilian to volley from outside the box into the bottom corner.

Alex Telles scored his first goal for Manchester United, and it remains his sole goal. It’s a good thing it was a memorable strike.

Telles acknowledged colleague Bruno Fernandes for his involvement earlier in the season on  United’s club website, before thinking warmly on the experience.

He said: “It was a remarkable evening, an unforgettable evening. I share the merit of that goal with Bruno because that pass was his idea. 

“Obviously because of my hard work, confidence and skill that I know I have I was able to score that goal. I will never forget that moment. The main thing is making the fans happy, I will never forget how happy they were in the stadium that night.”

The goal came in Manchester United’s first Champions League home game in front of supporters since 2019, and it was important in a 2-1 comeback.

It was hoped that this would be a watershed moment for Telles, but it didn’t happen, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer putting him on the bench in the following Premier League game against Everton, when Luke Shaw returned – and made a costly blunder.

Telles did get his chances in the second part of the season under Ralf Rangnick, but by the end of the season, supporters had had enough.

Telles could be sold this summer, according to the Portuguese newspaper Correia da Manha, with Porto keen in bringing him back.

Telles’ Champions League rivals include, among others, a Vinicius Jr strike for Real Madrid against Shakhar, an Asensio goal for Real vs Inter, a Karim Benzema goal against Chelsea, a Robert Lewandowski goal against Dynamo Kiev, Lionel Messi against City, and Kylé Mbappe against Real Madrid.

The Manchester United defender is in good company, and the quality of his goal gives him a good chance of winning.

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