Sergey Pinyaev: Potential Manchester United star of the future

Manchester United fans know about waiting. A gap of 26 years endured between league titles in 1967 and 1993.

The club are busy planning for future success, and this is underlined by the club’s interest in exciting young striker Sergey Pinyaev.

Pinyaev is regarded as the future of Russian football, and he has already had three separate trials at Manchester United.

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Following one of his trials, Chernatovo Moscow director Nikolai Larin told Sport-Express that Pinyaev was ‘the best player on the pitch’, and was later quoted saying: “At Man Utd they say that Pinyaev is the brightest player who has come to the club for an internship over the past 15 years.”

During one friendly against Bari, Pinyaev scored five goals. Pinyaev had the latest of his trials earlier last December and was pictured with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. 

So why the delay?

Red tape means United are unable to sign Pinyaev until he turns 18, as Russia is a non-EU country.

At present, Pinyaev is still only 15 and turns 18 in November 2022. This could mean United will be unable to sign him until the January 2023 transfer window – by which time he could even have starred at the 2022 World Cup for Russia.

The good news is that there is a willingness on player and club’s part for a deal to eventually be done.

United have strong interest in Pinyaev and are inviting him over every year to Carrington to check on his progress and keep up contact.

In an interview with Man United Zone in December, Pinyaev said:”I want to play in first team for Manchester United and like to play in national team for Russia. Play in MU and English Premier League is dream for me.

“For Manchester United I can play in every position. If I sign contract with MU I will play in everyone position, where say [the] coach.”

Worth the wait?

His sporting director Larin added [Tribuna via Sport-Express]: “Man United are following him. After every game they ask for his highlights. We always take care of this. If he ends up at Man United I wouldn’t mind. On the contrary, I’m keen for it to happen.”

Pinyaev’s progress continues to be strong. He scored for Chernatovo’s first team in a friendly match in July.

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It is a long time to wait until 2023 to sign the young striker, but United evidently feel he could be worth the wait.

While there will be competition for his signature when he turns 18, United’s early moves give the club an advantage over other teams.

Let us hope if he does sign, he will be joining the Champions of England by then, rather than us relying on him to provide a spark to end a decade long wait for a league title.

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