Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri is yet to play a game under Erik ten Hag but he has already made his World Cup debut for Uruguay.

He started on the right wing for their opening group match against South Korea, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

The 20-year-old did not have the biggest impact on the game but it was a tight encounter, like many of the first round of matches have been.

Uruguay find themselves in a group alongside Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, who beat Ghana 3-2 in their opening match.

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Pellistri praised by McCarthy

After the game, Pellistri took to Instagram to celebrate his achievement of playing on the world stage at such a tender age.

There were plenty of messages of congratulations in the replies, including one from Luis Suarez, who is not the most popular man among United fans.

United coach Benni McCarthy, who joined the club in the summer shortly after Ten Hag came in, was also keen to pay tribute to Pellistri.

He shared how proud he was of the young forward and wished him luck for the next game.

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That next game is against Portugal on Monday and what a story it would be if Pellistri could upstage Ronaldo, who has done his utmost to ensure he is at the centre of attention in recent days.

Uruguay have been drawn in a tough group and they are going to need a big result somewhere along the line if they are to get out of it.

They do have good options, with Darwin Nunez and a man who will be very familiar to United fans, Edinson Cavani, in the squad too.

Perhaps if Pellistri can impress at the World Cup, it would catch Ten Hag’s eye, or he may earn himself a loan move in January on the back of it.

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