Lisandro Martinez and Facundo Pellistri show how important they are for Argentina and Uruguay

Manchester United’s South American stars had a busy night on international duty, with two in particular given starring roles.

Lisandro Martinez continues to impress since making his £46 million move to Old Trafford. He is indispensable to Argentina, just as he is for Manchester United.

Martinez had a difficult week, unable to get a visa into America where the match against Honduras was set to be played; and had to fly all the way to Argentina to get the paperwork approved.

He only landed in Miami in time for one training session ahead of the game, and improbably was selected as a starter, completing all 90 minutes.

This shows how integral Martinez is regarded to Argentina, helping his country to a 3-0 victory.

Martinez showed no signs of jet leg, completing 97 per cent of his passes (65/67) across the match, in a game Argentina dominated from start to finish.

The fact he was even on the pitch was a real vote of confidence in his ability, and it’s now possible he could be rested when Argentina play Jamaica on Wednesday, after playing in the first of the two matches.

Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Pellistri picked as a starter

Another eye catching selection was Facundo Pellistri going straight into Uruguay’s starting line-up, having not played a single minute for United due to injury.

Now fit again, Pellistri was given an opportunity against Iran, playing the first 45 minutes.

The young winger struggled to make an impact, understandable given his lack of match fitness. Uruguay conceded after Pellistri went off and lost 1-0.

Getting some match action was useful for Pellistri, and show he is likely to be part of Uruguay’s World Cup squad.

If he can begin to contribute over the coming weeks for United, it will strengthen his case.

Antony, Casemiro and Telles feature for Brazil

Brazil won their friendly 3-0 against Ghana, with three Manchester United players featuring in the victory.

Casemiro started the game, playing 63 minutes and completing 89 per cent of his passes, continuing to build his match sharpness.

United loanee Alex Telles was a surprise starter, making 88 touches and creating one chance, while leading the team with three tackles.

Fred was an unused substitute while Antony played the last 27 minutes in a lively cameo, in which he created one chance, and led the team with three successful dribbles.

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