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Man Utd coach reacts to Facundo Pellistri debut for the Under-23s

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Deadline day signing Facundo Pellistri made his Manchester United Under-23 debut against Everton on Friday
Deadline day signing Facundo Pellistri made his Manchester United Under-23 debut against Everton on Friday (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United Under-23 coach Neil Wood was impressed by the way deadline day signing Facundo Pellistri handled himself during last night’s 2-1 win over Everton, his first outing for his new club.

The 18-year-old signed from Penarol earlier this month and has been earmarked as ‘one for the future’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pellistri was recommended by former United star and his Uruguayan compatriot Diego Forlan, and he gave glimpses of his attacking flair and durability on his first outing for Woods’ side.

Pellistri was on the receiving end of several uncompromising challenges, with Beni Baningime and substitute Seb Quirk both receiving yellow cards for fouls on the attacking midfielder.

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‘It was ‘welcome to England!”quipped Wood in his post-match interview. But it was great for him to get 90 minutes on the pitch and a first taste of English football. I’m sure he can build from this experience.’

Brandon Williams, who was also given a run out at wing-back having not featured for the first team in the Premier League this season, has also been impressed at the way his new team-mate has settled in.

He said: ‘Facundo’s done very well since coming in. He doesn’t speak that much English but he’s learning. He’ll kick on from this and I’ll be here to help him if I can. I enjoyed playing with him.’

Williams’ route back into first team contention is likely to be hindered by the arrival of Brazil international Alex Telles, who made an eye-catching debut in Tuesday’s Champions League win over PSG and his compatriot Fred is confident the new recruit will continue to make an instant impact.

‘He’s a great person, I spoke to him shortly before he signed for us,’ Fred told United Review. ‘We had a good chat and he’s a really relaxed guy, a good person and a great player. He had a superb season at Porto and has played for other clubs where he did really well.

‘I’m convinced he’ll add to and help the team and we’ll make him very welcome here. I’ll be here to help with whatever he needs, together with Bruno and the other players here who speak good Portuguese. I’m sure they’ll help him too, and we’ll work towards having a great season together.’

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