‘A real asset’ – Paul Scholes gives verdict on Facundo Pellistri after Manchester United beat Real Betis

Facundo Pellistri finally made his first Man Utd start against Real Betis (Photo: Getty)

Paul Scholes was impressed with Facundo Pellistri’s performance as he made his first Manchester United start in the win over Real Betis on Thursday evening.

United sealed their place in the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to Marcus Rashford’s long-range stunner giving them a 1-0 victory at Betis and a 5-1 victory on aggregate.

Despite their significant advantage from the first let, Erik ten Hag named a pretty strong starting XI but was still confident enough to hand 21-year-old Pellistri his first start for the club.

The winger moved to Old Trafford in 2020 but only made his first-team debut, as a late sub, back in January and he since gone on to make several more impressive cameos.

And though the game against Betis was mostly a dead rubber for United, Pellistri still put on a good show and came close to opening the scoring late in the first-half but alas his shot only hit the post.

Nevertheless, Scholes liked what he saw and has backed the Uruguay international to play an important role for the Red Devils with several of their other forwards struggling for form and fitness.

‘He is going to be an asset. With [Alejandro] Garnacho being out, Antony is ill as well, he will be a real asset,’ the United legend told BT Sport.

Paul Scholes described Pellistri as a ‘real threat’ for Man Utd (Photo: Getty)

‘Not just from the bench but starting games too. It was a tough European away game, especially away in Spain. So for his first full start, I thought he did very well.

‘He has not played a lot of football, but I thought he was quite lively going down the outside. He put a couple of crosses in early on that he possibly over-hit, but the whole team was like that, to be fair. But I thought he was a real threat.

‘He was the one looking to create and the one looking to be dangerous. He is very direct and I don’t think we will see any fancy stuff from him.

‘He will be direct, go towards goal, try and cross the balls for forwards in the box and get shots at goal. I thought, overall, he was just alright.’

Pellistri will be hoping to get his next start for United when they host Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

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