“Alex is a very good lad, I’ve had conversations with him, of course. He knows that when you’re at Man United you’re challenging against the very best for a place and Luke has had a fantastic season and has kept fit for longer, but Alex, whenever he’s played, has done really well.”

Solskjaer was particularly keen to point out the influence that Telles has on young players in front of him. On Tuesday evening, it was Elanga, making his debut for the club after an exciting campaign with the Under-23s.