Manchester United make the right decision with Facundo Pellistri’s future

After Erik ten Hag made the decision to make ten changes at half-time during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at the MetLife Stadium, Facundo Pellistri must have wondered where his minutes would come from.

For the third game in a row, Ten Hag made wholesale changes to his Manchester United XI at the interval, rotating his ten outfield players. Tom Heaton was the only survivor from the first half XI as the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Alejandro Garnacho were all hooked.

A mix of youth and experience crawled off the bench for the start of the second half, including Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford, all of whom earned their first minutes of pre-season after returning to pre-season training late due to international commitments in June. Pellistri was also a late returnee to Carrington after representing Uruguay.

However, he remained glued to the bench at half-time and saw Amad replace Antony in the second half. The Ivorian had started the clashes with Leeds United and Lyon before United flew out to the US and Ten Hag granted him another opportunity to leave his calling card.

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The 21-year-old is fighting to secure a place in Ten Hag’s plans ahead of this coming season after a fantastic season-long loan spell at Sunderland last term. He scored 14 goals and grabbed four assists in 42 appearances and United supporters were constantly buzzing about his potential.

However, his latest audition to try and impress Ten Hag was cut short and lasted just 14 minutes before he walked off injured. He went down unchallenged and then hobbled around on his ankle, resulting in him having to be dragged back and later requiring crutches to leave the stadium.

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