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How Manchester United have done a disservice to Facundo Pellistri – Man United News And Transfer News

Facundo Pellistri, a young player brought to Manchester with star hopes, appears eager to leave the club in January.

The Uruguayan winger signed in the summer of 2020 but has yet to feature for United’s first team. So it’s no surprise to read reports that he’s plotting his way out.

Palistri has been named as part of United’s matchday squad this season. With Erik 10 Hag not even playing him to watch the final minutes of the Carabao Cup game, it can be assumed that his role on the bench is a result of the team’s lack of depth.

Denying the youngster the chance to play in games of little significance wasn’t the only time United have put his career in jeopardy.

Penarol signed Pelisteri for 10 million euros, and he was transferred to La Liga side Alaves six months later. United have decided not to develop the young talent he has promoted.

He showed a good command of English in his first internal media interview, so sending him to a Spanish-speaking country seemed rather annoying.

A teenager bravely decides to join a club on the other side of the world. His feelings are completely different from those of Tahith Chong, who is from a European compatriot and has made progress in the academy for many years.

While United may have been keen to push Palistri, with the La Liga side the only major option, they have effectively ruled out any chance for him to settle into his new city and learn about the club’s culture.

Tedenmenji was sent to Derby County in the same transfer window that Pelisteri joined Alaves on loan. Negotiating such an opportunity for Palistri proved to be more positive for his integration into a new country and new football culture.

The shocker: Pellistri was brilliant when given the opportunity. Already a mainstay for Uruguay’s national team, he is expected to play a key role in the country’s World Cup campaign.

This is the result of his outstanding performance for the country. He was originally called up because of his outstanding performances during his second loan spell at Alaves. His agent has said the 20-year-old is looking for a productive period in Qatar in order to position himself in the winter transfer window.

Palistri also showed very positive signs when given the chance to don the famous red shirt in pre-season. Given the astonishing number of problems with United’s forward options (injury, form, Ronaldo-Gate), it’s odd that he’s not in the game this year.

United have dealt with another South American youngster in a similar fashion before. Guillermo Varela also bought from Peñarol. The Uruguayan was then loaned to Real Madrid Castilla (under-21 equivalent) for a season. Varela was never able to secure a place in United’s first team, although he impressed in limited opportunities under Louis van Gaal. Loaned to Eintracht Frankfurt, his development faltered – an indictment of United’s ability to develop South American talent. Pelisteri appears to be another similar case.

Clearly lacking in care, these young people pack up their lives and move to the other side of the world. Youngster who has shown promise, but also needs to instill the drive and mentality associated with Stretford. Palisteri is another example of a player whose career could lead United to “should have, could have, could have had.”

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