Well that was a great way to make an impression. Manchester United fans have long waited to see Facundo Pellitri in action for the first team.

Despite only being a pre-season game, Pellitri made sure the wait was worth it.

The 19-year-old came on as one of nine substitutes at halftime in a friendly in Derby County.

Pellitri doubled United’s lead by circling the goalkeeper after an excellent through pass from Shola Shoretire.

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The young winger looked dangerous when he got possession of the ball in or around Derby’s penalty area.

Pellitri won free kicks and hit opponents to show why he is a difficult player. He looked sharp and wanted to make the most of his 45 minutes.

It wasn’t all perfect. A sloppy pass right in the derby half triggered a counterattack by the Rams and nearly gave Wayne Rooney’s side a second goal. He can learn from this.

The positives far outweighed the negatives and the goals will do Pellitri’s confidence for good.

Another loan could well be worthwhile for Pellitri in the next season so that he can play regularly. This goal is to build a bit of excitement around him and he could be ready to fight for the first team by 2022.

United fans haven’t seen much of Pellitri so far. He made seven U23 games last season, scoring three times before being loaned to Alaves.

It was important that he took this opportunity and that we could see a little more of Pellitri as the pre-season progressed.

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reaction

Here’s a look at how United supporters reacted to Pellistri’s performance …

I’ve seen enough, Pellitri is another Messi Rain

– adli (@ Muhd_Adli7) July 18, 2021

I don’t want to overtake but Pellitri could win the Ballon d’Or next year.

– Matthew McFadyen (@_maffoo) July 18, 2021

Pellitri tries to rise. Good sign. 👏🏿👏🏿 #DERMUN

– Deng D’Aleer 🇸🇸 (@DengGiet) July 18, 2021

Pellitri looks real. Another loan to an a la Liga / PL club will help him a lot

– Nick the Red (@UnitedFever) July 18, 2021

Facundo Pellitri is really a baller

– Rubber band man (@_mutisodavid) July 18, 2021

we slept so much on Pellitri. absolute baller

– Not Amad ☢️ (@UtdAmad) July 18, 2021

Derby actually doubles on Pellitri, these guys are unreal

– Lukas (@LiberoLuke) July 18, 2021

Pellitri can be a special man. The talent is there

– The Pickaxe (@Ogupd) July 18, 2021

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