Facundo Pellistri can finally have his Manchester United breakthrough after injury 'blow'

Facundo Pellistri will not be going out on loan this summer due to an injury suffered in pre-season against Atletico Madrid.

This has the potential to be the career breakthrough at Manchester United which he has dreamed of since his £7 million move from Penarol in 2020.

Spanish outlet AS report Pellistri won’t recover from his ankle injury in time to go out on loan. He is expected to recover in mid-September.

While this may appear to be a blow to the young winger, it’s actually the best news he could have hoped for.

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Pellistri can finally have his Manchester United breakthrough

All Pellistri has ever needed was a chance. He has not yet been given a first team opportunity in a competitive game for Manchester United.

He has scored in two consecutive pre-season openers, against Derby County a year ago and then Liverpool this past summer.

Pellistri received an international call-up for Uruguay earlier this year. He seized his chance. After helping his country secure World Cup qualification, the young winger is expected to make the squad for this year’s tournament.

At Manchester United in 2022/23, Pellistri will get chances to show what he is capable of, fast-tracking his development.

Now set to stay at Manchester United, Pellistri will have a role to play. Even if he is only given an opportunity in Europa League matches to begin with, this would be a step in the right direction.

Manager Erik ten Hag worked wonders with South American winger Antony at Ajax. Pellistri can benefit in the same way if he buys in, and the manager takes a liking to him.

The alternate plan would have been to loan Pellistri, and bring him back for pre-season in 2023. This way his opportunity with the first team is brought forward.

By time United reach October, Pellistri should be recovered and up to full speed. United have 10 games in October amid a congested fixture list. This could be his time to shine.

A loan in January can still be on the cards if the first half of the season doesn’t work out. But there is a very good chance the young winger takes his chance and begins to establish himself at the club.

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