Facundo Pellistri excited to work with 'good coach' Erik ten Hag
Facundo Pellistri made the Manchester United bench for the first time in a Premier League match at the weekend.
While the Uruguayan did not get on against City (a potential blessing in disguise), an opportunity could come in a busy month in which United have eight more matches to play.
The games continue into early November too, with a EFL Cup tie, and so it is highly likely Pellistri finally makes his competitive debut before the break for the World Cup.
The 2020 signing from Penarol has told ESPN Argentina he is looking forward to getting more involved with United’s first team.
Pellistri excited to work with Ten Hag
Pellistri explained he is eager to play a role for Manchester United, commenting: “Now in Manchester will have an important string of games, so I also hope to get minutes at the club.
“Erik ten Hag is a good coach, with a very clear idea; I really want to start participating in the team.”
Pellistri scored in pre-season against Liverpool and featured against Atletico Madrid, before picking up an injury.
He returned to action for Uruguay last week, playing 45 minutes as a starter for Iran, but he did warn he is not quite at peak fitness yet.
The winger explained: “I already feel good, I am not 100% yet because these injuries take time. But I’m still very happy with how I felt.”
Dreaming of the World Cup
Pellistri is a regular in the Uruguay squad and is excited to play a role in Qatar, while taking nothing for granted just yet.
He said: “If a year ago they told me that I was going to have this present in the National Team, obviously I would not believe it, things happen very quickly and sometimes life surprises you with many things.
“You always dream of the World Cup, but I always say that you have to go step by step.”
Strong performances for United will strengthen Pellistri’s World Cup place, but a lack of club involvement has not held him back before. The key to making the tournament for him simply seems to be staying injury-free.