Scholes and Hargreaves want Man United star to start more

Paul Scholes tells Erik ten Hag to start Man United youngster in Europa League second leg against Real Betis next week after impressive cameo, with Owen Hargreaves ‘amazed how quick he was’

  • Facundo Pellistri was brought on as a late substitute against Real Betis
  • He had a hand in the final goal as the Red Devils picked up a 4-1 victory
  • Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves want to see him play more moving forward 

Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves have called for Manchester United forward Facundo Pellistri to been given more game time by Erik ten Hag after he made an eye-catching impact off the bench against Real Betis on Thursday. 

Pellistri has not made a single start for United this term, but was brought on in the 81st minute at Old Trafford to replace Antony with the Red Devils searching for a fourth goal.

They duly got it two minutes after his arrival, with the Uruguayan playing his part in the goal before Wout Weghorst applied the finishing touch.

Scholes was impressed by Pellistri, and thinks he should now be in contention to start more games, including next week’s return leg in Spain.

‘He’s made a case for himself tonight (to start more),’ Scholes told BT Sport following United’s 4-1 win.

Facundo Pellistri (left) made an instant impact off the bench against Real Betis

Pellistri was involved in the build-up to Wout Weghorst’s goal that completed a 4-1 win for United

Paul Scholes wants to see Pellistri start the return leg in Spain next week

‘He looked so quick on the right. Straight turn, goes around, beats the defender with pace and sets the big man up for the goal.’

‘I’m sure we can (see Pellistri start next week). I just think with Ten Hag he doesn’t like to make changes. He likes players having rhythm in the game. 

‘But with the amount of games these players have had they need a rest. Luke Shaw looks like he needs a rest, Casemiro possibly. These young players, maybe give them a taste of European football which will put them in good stead for the future.’

Hargreaves agreed with Scholes’ assessment and believes Pellistri offers something different to United’s other wide options. 

‘I don’t know (why he hasn’t played more),’ Hargreaves said.

‘I was amazed how quick he was. Lots of the guys, like Jadon (Sancho) and Antony want to slow down and dribble. He didn’t want any bit of that.

‘He wanted to go on the outside, old school, sprint past people. It’s a brilliant cameo. United fans would love to see more of him.’

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