Friday, 16 October 2020

Can new Man Utd wonderkid Pellistri be the perfect Sancho placeholder?

 The teenager is set to go straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team squad having arrived from Penarol on transfer deadline day

After a summer dominated by frustration, the headlines surrounding Manchester United's deadline-day signing of Edinson Cavani were probably to be expected.

A household name around the footballing world arriving at Old Trafford is always going to garner interest, even when that player is approaching the twilight years of their career.

Cavani, though, was not the only Uruguayan to arrive at United on October 5.

Given the astronomical rise in Google searches of his name, far fewer Red Devils supporters had heard of Facundo Pellistri when compared with Cavani. 

Acquired from Penarol for £9 million ($12m), it is hoped that the 18-year-old will bring some of the same qualities to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad that United had hoped the arrival of Jadon Sancho would provide.

Penarol, coached until September by ex-United striker Diego Forlan, had hoped that they could convince the 20-time English champions to loan Pellistri back to them, but United are looking to establish their new South American wonderkid into Solskjaer's group.

Though the club are keen not to pile pressure onto their young players, Pellistri's presence in their 25-man squad for the group stages of the Champions League suggests he will be involved with the first team from the off.

"Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent,” Solskjaer said upon Pellistri’s arrival.


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