Facundo Pellestri will be hoping to hit the ground running at Manchester United and he should at a famous 2003 debut for inspiration.
Some United fans have been left frustrated by the club’s summer business. Yet the same could be said when the Red Devils signed an unknown Portuguese teenager who went on to be the world’s best.
When Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford in 2003, he wasted no time proving his worth.
His debut against Bolton Wanderers will never be forgotten. He wanted the ball at every opportunity and bamboozled defenders and supporters in equal measure.
Not everything worked. In fact, plenty went wrong. But taking risks was never a problem for Ronaldo and he ended up winning a penalty and playing a role in a Ryan Giggs strike.
Pellestri’s highlights reel shows a player who is unafraid to run at opponents.
Some have suggested he has more than little Messi about him and he will be keen to showcase his talent as soon as possible.
Confidence is key
It is unrealistic to expect the £9million man (BBC) to be an instant success. Ronaldo had to wait over two more months for his first United goal and he was not a regular starter from the outset. But Pellestri needs to show the same level of confidence.
He embarrassed defenders ten years his senior during his debut campaign in Uruguay. And now he needs to do the same in England.
Pellestri has the innate skill to be a direct winger with the ball at his feet. He needs to go…and go again…just as the best wide men do.
United have a rich history of such players but it has been a while since fans saw a new one.
Whenever Pellestri makes his United debut, he needs to seize the opportunity with both hands (and feet). He is a star in the making. And soon he can prove it.