On transfer deadline day, Facundo Pellistri was the risk-free, surprise signing made by Manchester United. Now, he’s working his way nicely towards the first-team.
After scoring his first United goal at youth level in midweek, the young Uruguayan is continuing to improve. Slowly but surely, Pellistri is adapting to life in Manchester, adjusting to playing under a new manager using a different system. Simply put, it was always going to take time.
For those of you who are yet to see Pellistri in action, he’s predominantly a winger. Quick, two-footed and intelligent on the ball, the talented-teen looks like yet another high-quality prospect developing nicely through the Manchester United academy.
The fact that he’s already featured in a few senior matchday squads should tell you just how highly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates him, too.
Now, U23 manager Neil Wood has given his take on Pellistri, admitting that the ever-improving 19-year-old is progressing nicely under his tutelage.
Check out what Wood had to say here:
“He’s still settling in,” Wood told MEN Sport. “He’s been training with us this week and it has probably helped him being out on the pitch because he’s got a better relationship with the players on the pitch and he understands their game more because he’s training more with them. That can only help him.
I thought he showed an improvement again [against Southampton] with his performance and he probably could have had another goal after he hit the crossbar. He said it bobbled up, next time he scores it.
“He is progressing nicely but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. He is working hard, trying to take in as much information as he can.”
At this stage, it’s about letting Pellistri develop at his own pace without placing too much pressure on his young shoulders. Thankfully, United are the masters at doing just that.
The good news for Pellistri is that United’s biggest weakness is in wide areas. It’s an issue that’s highly unlikely to change until next summer. So who knows, if the young man continues to impress and an opening arises, he may well be the first in line to get that opportunity.
I will stress that more competition will arrive in January, with Amad Diallo hopefully linking up with his new Red Devils teammates. As a duo, though, they could be the most exciting young wingers in the world at the moment.
For now, Pellistri will continue to play for the U23s. If you can, I’d tune into watch them at every possible opportunity as it’s a squad jam-packed with exciting talent and endless potential. I’d even go as far as claiming that they’re more exciting to watch than the current first-team!