Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has explained that he decided to give youngster Facundo Pellistri a starting role in our Champions League opener to help deal with the threat of Bayern Munich fullback Alphonso Davies.
In his pre-match comments, the Dutch tactician revealed he was looking to exploit the weakness of the fullback who he referred to as ‘not a great defender’.
“It’s not that we’ve given it to him [the chance]. He deserves it,” the United boss said.
“I thought it was not the right time as he came back from a tough journey in South America. We already had two players Casemiro and Licha Martinez, coming from that journey but I think he’s ready for it.
“Now he has to prove it. It’s a great game and also he fits tactically very well as they have a tough player there in Davies with a lot of speed. He is the one who can match that speed.
“That’s why we play him [to go up against Davies]. He can match his defense and he’s also capable of being a threat.
“He is a very good dribbler, Pellistri, and Davies is not a great defender so we expect something from him.”
Meanwhile, United lost 4-3 to the Bavarians despite Facundo’s excellent display in the game.