Despite playing in an unfamiliar position, 21-year-old winger Fernando Pellistri impressed for Manchester United during their narrow 3-2 preseason defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
Deployed on the left wing, the Uruguayan youngster exhibited plenty of promise in his 60 minutes on the pitch.
Throughout the first half, Pellistri looked lively and alert, making numerous speedy runs down the flank to threaten Dortmund in their final third.
Although he struggled to produce an end product, the rising talent showcased his quality on the ball, appearing comfortable in possession.
Pellistri succeeded in 8 of his 9 ground duels, demonstrating his difficulty to dispossess, and only strayed offside on one occasion as he capably managed his rapid pace.
Notably, Pellistri completed all 3 of his attempted dribbles, remaining a constant nuisance for the Dortmund defense while on the field.
As mentioned, the main flaw in Pellistri’s performance was his final product, especially when trying to release the ball.
Despite making few errors in possession, the 21-year-old only completed 69% of his final passes, signaling a need to refine his passing and improve at picking out available teammates.
He also failed to make any long passes or take any shots – areas where he will want to increase his involvement.
Overall, it was an encouraging display from Pellistri, who was played on an unfamiliar wing. While there were some deficiencies against Dortmund, the 21-year-old exhibited the aggression, speed, and energy demanded in Erik ten Hag’s high-intensity system.
Even if Pellistri does not break into the first team this season, he remains one to monitor for the future, given his raw talent and energetic presence.