Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri is on international duty with Uruguay.
Facundo Pellistri is hoping for some much needed match action at international level over the break. In fact, he’s been more likely to play for his country than his club for some time now.
Pellistri broke into the Uruguay national team in early 2022, while 18 months on, he has just one start for Manchester United.
Pellistri stayed at United in the transfer window and could end up with more opportunities in the coming weeks.
International duty can sharpen Pellistri
Facundo Pellistri is set to take on a key role for Uruguay as one of their top attacking players, with a change in manager ushering in a new era.
Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is now in charge, aiming to replicate the success with the Chile national team just over a decade ago.
Bielsa has rung the changes already, axing former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani along with Luis Suarez, and wants to focus on a new generation, led by the likes of Pellistri.
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Pellistri explains Bielsa advice
Pellistri has been speaking to ESPN South America about working with famed boss Bielsa, and he is thankful for the experience.
He said: “He is a coach who really likes to talk individually, he makes it very clear to us what he wants. He shows us the mistakes we have and helps us see things, because many times one does not stop to think about those details.”
Speaking more specifically about what he had learned for his own game, Pellistri explained precise instructions from Bielsa.
He commented: “Let me play it behind the defenders’ backs, he shows me well where I should pass.
“He also tells me about the importance of knowing how to attack spaces without the ball and having the dynamics to look for the backs of rival defenders.”
Pellistri will play a part for Uruguay in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Ecuador, these are important matches with real stakes.
It is good preparation for when he returns to England with Manchester United, when more opportunities may open up.