Much of Manchester United’s transfer window was dominated by talk of the need for a new winger.
On deadline day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eventually got one, in the shape of Facundo Pellistri.
Nobody quite knows what to expect from the Uruguyan teenager, who joins United from Penarol.
He looks to be one for the future, but he could be a wildcard pick for this season depending on how well he settles into life at United.
Having completed his first training session, he spoke to the club website about where he feels he needs to improve.
I want to improve, for example, in shooting, passing the ball. All those things that make you better on the pitch.
“There are lots of people in charge of you to help. I think that I should learn from my team-mates and the coach, because it’s the first time I’m here in England.
I will need help from them. [I’m] a fast player, who likes to have the ball.”
Pellistri’s comments underline his desire to improve and an ability to analyse his own game which should stand him in good stead.
He shouldn’t be expected to pull up trees this season, given how hard it is for young players to adjust to the demands of playing for United and the fact he’s adjusting to a new country and style of football.
But if Pellistri takes that attitude to training and makes the improvements he feels are necessary, he can make a mark this season.
The games will come thick and fast, which may allow the Uruguayan an opportunity to show what he can do sooner rather than later.
He’s an unknown quantity, which is what makes him exciting for United fans and may make it tricky for opponents to plan for facing him.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must ensure he manages Pellistri carefully, but if it’s shooting tips he wants, the winger could hardly ask for a better boss to learn from.
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