Facundo Pellistri reportedly chose to finish the season with Alaves after United let him decide

Facundo Pellistri showed what he is capable of with a stunning performance for Uruguay this week in a World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela.

Pellistri provided one assist, won a penalty, and created four chances in a 4-1 victory.

Performances like this have been missing from Pellistri during his time on loan at Alaves, where he has been used mainly as a substitute for a team which struggles in the attacking third, with the side scoring just 16 goals in 22 matches this season.

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We wrote this week that United made an error not recalling Pellistri from the 19th placed La Liga side and finding him a new loan club. Four Red Devils loanees were recalled from loan spells in January, Will Fish, Axel Tuanzebe, Ethan Laird and Reece Devine, for various reasons, with three of them re-assigned to new clubs.

A recall would have been smart for Pellistri, to either go elsewhere or to try to learn under Ralf Rangnick at United and offer back-up on the right wing.

So why didn’t United bring him back and re-arrange a new loan? Apparently it was Pellistri’s decision.

Pellistri wanted to stay

Spanish newspaper AS wrote: “The English club left the decision in the hands of the footballer, who prefers to finish the season in Vitoria [region where Alaves is located]. It is possible that, after his exhibitions in the blue shirt, he will have more opportunities now.”

Having been at Alaves a year now on two loan spells, Pellistri obviously feels somewhat attached to the club. He is keen to try and help them avoid relegation for a second successive year.

The prospect of uprooting and moving to a different country for a separate loan spell obviously did not appeal to the 20-year-old.

From the report, we can deduce that a return to United simply was not an option presented to Pellistri.

The winger said in the summer this would be his first choice, telling MUTV after the pre-season game with Derby in which he scored: “I am always pushing to work. I would like to stay here, but I am working hard improving and will continue.”

If the opportunity to go back to United was offered, he likely would have taken it.

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United may feel they did the right thing letting Pellistri decide his future, but it wasn’t necessarily the right choice. They should have made the decision for him.

It would have been far more beneficial to loan the youngster to a top end Championship team for the rest of the season.

Hopefully the spell for Uruguay can revive Pellistri’s season, but in Alaves’ struggling team, it is going to continue to be really tough.

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