Pellistri off the mark as Under-23s seal win
Manchester United secured three points in Premier League 2 with a spirited performance in a 3-1 triumph over Southampton at Leigh Sports Village.
The second spell had an explosive start with two goals arriving in the initial seven minutes. Shola Shoretire and Pellistri combined beautifully within 30 seconds of the restart with the latter racing up field to score with a precise finish, tucking home with his left foot.
It was hard-earned breathing space for United but it wasn’t to last as, in the 52nd minute, the dangerous Obafemi made no mistake from Tyreke Johnson’s cross from the left.
The chances started to pile up at both ends with perhaps the best falling to Pellistri who was a coat of paint away from his second of the night with a close-range shot which glanced agonisingly off the bar. This came after substitute Dillon Hoogewerf was unable to make the most of a really promising counter-attack.
Hoogewerf had another shot saved before Puigmal crowned an excellent performance when he put the game out of the Saints' reach, deep into added time. The Spaniard latched onto Shoretire's pass and, although his initial shot was parried by Latham, he pounced to slide in the rebound.
This was a victory that United ultimately deserved as we showed good character and, at times, some truly attractive football in getting back to winning ways in style.
United: Woolston; Bejger (Devine 52), Fish, Mengi (c), Fernandez; Helm, McCann (Hoogewerf 71), Puigmal, Pellistri; Shoretire, Elanga.
Substitutes not used: Carney, Neville, Stanley.
Scorers: Elanga 39, Pellistri 46, Puigmal 90+4 | Obafemi 52