Ex-Manchester United target Enzo Perez has eventful Valencia debut

The Argentina international played his part in Los Che’s excellent 2-1 victory over Real Madrid at the Mestalla yesterday.

Manchester United were being heavily linked with Argentine midfielder Enzo Perez recently, but the combative midfielder completed a big-money move to Valencia last week.

The former Benfica man made his debut in Los Che’s home clash with Real Madrid yesterday and played his part in an excellent 2-1 win for Nuno’s men.

The new signing slotted into the centre of midfield in a bespoke Valencia 3-4-1-2 formation alongside captain Dani Parejo, allowing the usually more defensive Andre Gomes the opportunity to start in the number ten role.

By all accounts Perez had a relatively quiet game, but he worked hard as part of a collective Valencia midfield to close the likes of Toni Kroos and Isco down.

The South American battler was booked on 28 minutes after committing a foul on Marcelo, with the Brazilian appearing to dive.

Perez was actually given the caution for dissent, with Marca reporting that the new man called the referee and his decision “really bad, you’re really bad.”

According to whoscored.com stats, Perez received a 6.6 out of 10 rating. He had a 91 per cent successful pass percentage, while he made one successful dribble and was beaten in his solitary aerial duel.

Perez made one successful tackle during the game, winning the ball but made four fouls.

All-in-all, the new signing fitted into the Valencia team well and showed a solid work-rate over the 90 minutes of action.

The Mestalla faithful will expect more from him in coming weeks due to the significant transfer fee and his reputation though, with his debut being competent without overly impressing.

For Manchester United fans, who crave a combative midfielder, Perez is another one that could well have filled the berth - the search continues.

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