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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag explains starting Facundo Pellistri for Real Betis showdown

Erik ten Hag believes Facundo Pellistri can exploit a tactical weakness in the Real Betis side for Manchester United. United delivered a tremendous second-half display at Old Trafford last week to secure a 4-1 victory. However, the job is far from done. Despite a three-goal lead, Ten Hag is wary of a potential fight-back from the La Liga club. The Dutchman has named a strong starting line-up once more.

Erik ten Hag has the cushion of a 4-1 first leg victory and an winnable FA Cup quarter final at home against Fulham on Sunday, meaning rotation was always likely in this one. A 7-0 drubbing at Liverpool and a slightly below par game against Southampton notwithstanding, ten Hag should be delighted with the form that his players have shown during his first campaign as manager.

Pellistri impressed from the bench in the 4-1 win over Betis a week ago, and speaking ahead of the match, Ten Hag explained why he has finally been rewarded with a start. "First, they (youngsters) know the way of playing," he told MUTV. "They know the rules, the principles of our game. Tactically, we expect from him today, runs in behind the line, the defending line, because there is a weakness, a weak spot from them. So we have to test them there and he can do the job."


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