The winger came on as a second-half substitute in the pre-season friendly against Derby and scored the Red Devils’ second goal.
With all the buzz surrounding Jadon Sancho finally agreeing to a deal with Manchester United, it’s easy to forget that the club signed two right-handed strikers last year.
After a failed attempt to capture Sancho last summer, last-minute deals were struck with Amad and Facundo Pellistri. Not on the right-handed strikers, which many hoped for, but on two young talents promising for the future, the club said.
While United fans have already seen a snapshot of what Amad has to offer with eight games last season, they had to wait longer to catch a glimpse of Pellistree playing the first team.
And many won’t be disappointed with what they saw in the 19-year-old, as he had 45 minutes to impress in United’s first pre-season friendly against Derby on Sunday.
Usually this time of year United are in some remote place, continuing to promote the brand, while getting a few vital minutes before the new campaign. But as Covid-19 is still affecting travel plans, the usual locations in Miami, Singapore and Tokyo have been replaced by Derby, West London and Preston.
It’s not exactly the same glamor, but the young roster that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has at his disposal this summer, mainly due to the fact that permanent members of the core team are still absent due to Euro 2020 commitments, will not mind. in which country their opportunity will appear.
Tahit Chong, who had already agreed to join Birmingham City on loan next season, opened the scoring by joining forces with Kelle Roos, but it was only after the break that Solskjaer made a massive change that impressed United in the future.
Jesse Lingard set the pace for the forward movement, pairing well with Shola Shoretire and Pellistree.
Pellistree was only on the field for a few moments when he won the free kick as he was hacked to death just as he was about to flee into the box; An instant reminder of how dangerous he can be when he makes these movements in the area.
Looking at his overview of the highlights on loan from Alaves for La Liga in the second half of last season, it is clear that he is most effective at this time. His fast legs give defenders headaches, and his ability to punch in from the right gives Solskjaer the opportunity to leave that flank in the preseason while Sancho is still away.
Although his graceful footwork and pace intimidate defenders, it was his calmness and composure that allowed him to score his first top-level goal.
Shoretire’s delightful through ball saw Pellistri pass the goalkeeper and coolly hit the mark. This move impressed Solskjaer.
“I thought he was smart and he understood his purpose very well. Great first touch. Shola’s good pass, but a great opening shot that sets him up, “Solskjaer said after a 2-1 win.” I think he showed what he is because it’s hard to play against him. One against the other, he can pass people, so I am very pleased with him. “
Although he is highly regarded at Old Trafford, he is expected to be loaned again for further development. Sancho’s imminent arrival will cause him to fall further down the hierarchy, and last season he showed just how profitable a rental period can be.
Solskjaer confirmed that he had already shown great interest in the teenager, and if any scouts watched United win over Derby on Sunday, then the list of interested parties may have simply increased.