Facundo Pellistri began his Manchester United career for the under-23s on Friday night.

The young Uruguayan played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Everton.

Days earlier, Pellistri had been part of the first team matchday squad away against PSG, with Champions League rules permitting an expanded bench and five substitutes.

Pellistri did not get on, but at minimum he will be hoping to make United’s bench at home to RB Leipzig this week.

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Quickfire verdict

Pellistri played well for the under-23s without ever looking like taking the game over.

He will require a little more adjustment before being ready to make a first team impact.

This is why Solskjaer’s decision this week, to include him on the bench v Leipzig or not is particularly intriguing.

If Pellistri is in, it will show Solskjaer was sufficiently impressed by what he saw in the under-23 game that he considers he is still an option right now.

But in the event Pellistri is not in the matchday squad, it will show the teenager has a lot more work to do.

And that is not a bad thing, everybody at United understands Pellistri is a signing for the long-term who may only blossom in a couple of years time.

Anything sooner is a bonus, so if Pellistri is on the bench in midweek against Leipzig, it will show he is ahead of schedule.

The youngster will likely start for the under-23s against Brighton next Friday (November 6) and then work intensely over the international break to try and impress Solskjaer and the coaching staff.

If Solskjaer is already bowled over by what he has seen, Pellistri may even come off the bench to make his first team debut.

After this week, whichever way it falls, we should have a clearer idea of the early impression Pellistri has made.

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