What Man Utd recruitment department think about Facundo Pellistri transfer

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Manchester United’s recruitment department reportedly think Facundo Pellistri’s statistics from his time at Penarol didn’t do him justice. The Uruguayan has flourished at youth level in recent times, scoring against Southampton and Manchester City. And the Red Devils are happy at the way the 18-year-old is developing behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

Many United fans expected the club to sign either Jadon Sancho or Ousmane Dembele back in the summer transfer window.

But that didn’t happen and, on deadline day, the Red Devils signed Pellistri.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked up the teenager upon his arrival, saying: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term.

“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.

“Facundo has the perfect platform at Manchester United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here.

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“We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”

And The Athletic say United’s recruitment team think Pellistri’s statistics from his time in his homeland ‘didn’t reveal his full potential’.

The report also analyses the teenager, saying he plays with ‘determination, balance and speed’.

Despite Pellistri making good progress at Old Trafford so far, however, fans shouldn’t expect to see him in the first team for a little while yet.

It’s claimed his development will continue away from the first team for the time being but the early indications appear to be that United have signed a future gem.

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United coach Neil Wood lavished praise on the teenager earlier in December, saying: “He’s still settling in.

“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.”

Pellistri himself talked up Solskjaer upon moving in October, saying: “To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true.

“I have learnt a lot at Penarol and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me.

“To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development.

“I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day.

“Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

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