Pellistri reflects on 'incredible' United debut

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:00

Ninety minutes are on the clock. Manchester United lead Charlton Athletic 1-0 and have the opportunity to counter-attack.

Casemiro finds substitute Facundo Pellistri, who jinks inside from the right and feeds Marcus Rashford to finish, putting the result beyond doubt and ensuring the Reds go through to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

That was the highlight of Pellistri’s first competitive appearance for United's senior side.

The young Uruguay international was a bright spark after he was introduced 84 minutes into the match, showing good skill and lighting pace as he caused problems for a weary Charlton defence.

His assist was no more than he deserved, and after the match he expressed his delight at making an impact.

Pellistri: I have been waiting for this moment Video

Pellistri: I have been waiting for this moment

Facundo Pellistri was thrilled to make his United debut in the Carabao Cup win over Charlton...

“[It was] amazing,” said Facundo, in an interview with MUTV.

“I have been waiting for this moment for a long time, and it came. Of course, I'm really happy because of the moment and the way it was, and that is incredible.

“I had the luck to be at Old Trafford in other squads, but unluckily I didn't enter the pitch to play. I looked at the crowd and all the time I thought 'when will my moment arrive to play?' And today was the day and I enjoyed it a lot.”

The Uruguayan youngster has had to be patient to make his United bow, having been signed by the club in October 2020 from Penarol. He says he was hungry to play, and now wants to kick on and help the Reds reach our targets this term.

"Yes of course [I was eager to play],” he said. “I am very happy, and I want to help my team-mates to achieve all the trophies that we have in mind and to win every game we have because this is an incredible club and very big.

"All players want to play and of course I want more. I will fight and train hard to continue this way."