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Facundo Pellistri has the perfect opportunity to stake his claim in Antony’s absence

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has a big call to make as his side gets ready to welcome Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Man United have told Antony to delay his return following the physical assault allegations made by his ex-girlfriend.

The Brazil international has been a key player for Ten Hag.

He has been the first choice on the right wing, even though his performances have divided the opinion.

With Amad Diallo injured and uncertainty over Jadon Sancho’s future, Facundo Pellistri is the only available right-winger.

Pellistri should replace Antony in the starting XI. He is a deserving candidate who has produced lively displays whenever given the opportunity.

Ten Hag blocked a loan exit for the Uruguay international this summer to add depth to his squad.

Pellistri is an old-school winger who is comfortable using the wide areas to create chances.

In contrast to Antony, he looks to deliver crosses for the striker to attack.

With Rasmus Hojlund ready to start for Man United, having Pellistri on the right flank makes sense.

The 21-year-old is a technically sound forward who loves to play slick one-twos and make off-the-ball runs to create gaps.

He has tried to make the most of his scattered minutes. In Antony’s absence, he should be given a proper opportunity to stake his claim for a regular place in the starting XI.

The youngster would be gunning to get more first-team minutes, having already become an important member of the Uruguay squad.

The time is now for the Pellistri to shine.

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