Facundo Pellistri was the unknown signing for Manchester United this summer. However, tonight, he’ll make his Manchester United bow…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would confirm the news to United’s in-house channel and club website, that United’s final summer signing will make his first appearance for the club this evening, when our U23s take on Everton.
Pellistri is the unknown quantity for United. Despite the fact that the winger was on the bench for the Red Devils’ Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, this was always the route the club were going to take.
After all, Pellistri is going to need time to settle into his new surroundings first, before being fully integrated into the first-team squad. I don’t doubt that we’ll see him training with the main crop of players on a regular basis, though.
Although U23 level is certainly a step-down, this will be a great first glimpse for us fans to get a look at what Pellistri is all about.
In other news, Solskjaer also confirmed that both Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams will be involved this evening as they need to get some minutes under their belt.
Check out what Solskjaer had to say about Facundo Pellistri here:
“It is a different bubble so, with the current regulations, they can’t go on the same coach, they can’t be in the same dressing room, with all the testing and things,” explained Ole to MUTV and ManUtd.com. “That’s complicated things a little bit but, then again, if we take precautions and they travel by themselves and if they’re not in the dressing room or in the meeting, which isn’t great for a coach not to have his whole team.
“But tonight we’ll have a few [playing]. Facundo will play tonight to get his first taste of English football, Marcos Rojo will play because he needs to build up his fitness and Brandon’s going to play. He needs minutes as well. He’s a played a little bit this season and for the Under-21s for England and for us, but just needs to keep that match fitness then we know they’re ready for next week.”
Going on what usually happens with youngsters that United sign, I would imagine that Pellistri will be spending the majority of this campaign at U23 level. Look at Hannibal Mejbri, who granted, is a year younger, but has been at the club for twelve months longer. He’s still playing second-tier football as opposed to being a regular first-teamer.
What I think will happen is that we’ll see Pellistri on the bench every now and then, with a view to integrating him into the first-team permanently next season. We’ll likely be able to gauge where he’s at during next summer’s pre-season tour.
I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly excited to see how Pellistri gets on. The game kicks off at 19:00 BST this evening and I’ll certainly be watching on with a keen eye…