Manchester United was in pre-season action over the weekend when they took on Derby County in a friendly at Pride Park.
Coming into the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been hoping to get a good look at his squad ahead of next season.
Despite several key first-team players still being away on holiday, including Euros 2020 finalist Luke Shaw, the Red Devils were able to bag an impressive 2-1 win.
Goals came from young wingers Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri with the pick of the bunch arguably being the South American’s.
In light of what was a hugely impressive performance, selections of Manchester United fans have taken to their social media to hail the youngster with some even cheekily comparing to footballing great and six-time Ballon d’Or winner – Lionel Messi.
Pictures courtesy of MUTV
Pellistri was playing like prime Messi, Chong was great and Tom Heaton was deadass making saves like 17/18 De Gea
— 𝚈𝚞𝚐¹⁴🍁 🔰(bucks in 6) (@Yug_Utd) July 18, 2021
Not saying Pellistri is totally there yet but he’s just told Messi to come outside
— Dan Coombs (@DanCFootball) July 18, 2021
Messi doing his things at his best
~facundo Pellistri 😍 pic.twitter.com/bbYri0xiIy
— Ken (@kenshiro_10) July 18, 2021
First game of the season, first win. Chong back with a goal. King Jesse with a masterclass. Tom Heaton the best keeper in the world. Nigerian baller, Shoretire with an assist and Pellistri telling Messi to come outside. It’s going to be scary but… you know the rest.
— Trey (@UTDTrey) July 18, 2021
Pellistri might be the real deal his acceleration is so Messi esque wtf 😂
— Zayn Bezos (@habideeeeen) July 18, 2021
When playing pellistri looks like young Messi, same hair, same height, same play style
— Liam 🌘🌗🌖 (@KingAmadDiallo) July 18, 2021
Pellistri get messi vibes and movement 😂
— Okeleye adeyinka (@yinka_okeleye) July 18, 2021
That Pellistri finish was so Messi-esque
— Azza🔰 (@Azza_UTD) July 18, 2021