Scholes believes Man United star Pellistri could benefit Weghorst

Paul Scholes believes Man United starlet Facundo Pellistri could benefit goal-shy striker Wout Weghorst… as he insists the teenager is more likely to ‘go down the outside and get crosses in’ compared to Antony

  • Facundo Pellistri was handed his first start for Manchester United on Thursday 
  • United secured a 5-1 aggregate victory over Real Betis in the Europa League 
  • Paul Scholes believes the Uruguayan international could help Wout Weghorst

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United loanee Wout Weghorst could benefit from youngster Facundo Pellistri being awarded more game time.

The 21-year-old was handed his first start for the club during their 1-0 victory over Real Betis in the second-leg of their last-16 tie.

Pellistri was rewarded following a bright display off the bench during the first-leg at Old Trafford last week, with United ultimately winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

The Uruguayan international played a part in Wout Weghorst scoring his first ever goal at Old Trafford last week, as it was his cross that led to the Dutchman scoring after Scott McTominay’s initial effort was saved. 

Scholes believes Pellistri’s style of play and desire to get crosses into the penalty area, could benefit Weghorst more than Antony who likes to come inside.

Paul Scholes (left) has named Facundo Pellistri as the player who could benefit Wout Weghorst (right)

Scholes believes Pellistri’s habit of ‘going down the outside and getting crosses in’ could help the tall Dutchman score more goals during his loan spell at Manchester United

‘I think over recent performances he probably deserves his chance,’ Scholes told BT Sport, addressing Ten Hag’s decision to give Pellistri his full debut. 

‘He came on last week in the game and made the fourth goal by sheer pace down the outside.

‘I think he will be a different player to Antony; I don’t think he is as tricky, as fancy and not wanting to cut inside. He is very much an old-fashioned winger with real pace, going down the outside and getting crosses in.

‘He might help Weghorst. If Weghorst is the man in the middle, he can provide the cross for him because he is that type of player.’

Pellistri joined United in October 2020 for a fee worth £9m before joining Spanish side Alaves for the past two seasons on loan. 

He has had to bide his time for United this season, making his competitive debut on January 10 in a 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Charlton – in which he assisted their second goal. 

Pellistri could be a better fit for Weghorst than Antony who likes to cut inside on his left foot

‘I think he deserved to come in,’ Erik ten Hag said after the game. ‘He had a good training performance, you see him progressing, getting stronger, good game against Leeds, against Betis.

‘To start is more difficult, we have seen that, but when the game goes on he came in and got belief. You see his abilities, he had some good dribbles, good runs in behind, and some good crosses, defending, he did his job.

‘So I am pretty pleased with his performance. For him, it is a step up. Now it’s up to him, to get rhythm and contribute to the team.’

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