Facundo Pellistri explains what Erik ten Hag told him before Manchester United’s first start

Facundo Pellistri thinks he has gained Erik ten Hag’s confidence now that he has made his full debut for Manchester United.

Pellistri’s 892-day wait for a first United start ended in the Europa League round of 16 victory against Real Betis in Seville, where he played the full 90 minutes.

Prior to his promotion, the 21-year-old had made just six guest appearances – all this calendar year – after arriving on transfer deadline day in October 2020 from Penarol in a £9 million deal.

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“I’m very happy,” said Pellistri. “I’m really working for this moment, luckily we could win. It was our mission. We came here to win, we could win.

“The manager really trusts me, so I felt that trust from him. He told me to run after, get the ball and enjoy, enjoy the moment.”

“And of course we came here to win. We really liked the long balls in the second half. Marcus was able to score there and we took the win.

“Hopefully this is the start of this. Of course I’m hungry. A lot of players in the group are really hungry, we have one great group. We’re all pushing to the same side. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we can win a lot of trophies. “

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