Will Facundo Pellistri be a first team or under-23 player for United?

Facundo Pellistri is being lined up for a last ditch move to Manchester United from Penarol.

The young Uruguayan is expected to complete a move to United before the deadline, The Mail report.

The 18-year-old is a promising talent, but it had been unclear whether he was a signing for the under-23 team or the first team, to begin with.

The Manchester Evening News report Pellistri is being viewed as a first team signing.

The report states: “Despite only being a teenager it is believed Pellistri would go straight into the first-team set-up at United with the club well aware of the immediate impact he could make when he is given time to adapt.”

ESPN also reports Pellistri will become a first team player.

However, a report from The Athletic says United intend to take a more measured approach.

It claims Pellistri will work with under-23 coaches initially, who will assess whether he can be fast-tracked into the first team.

United need to help him out

Pellistri is undoubtedly a top young talent, and United have to manage him correctly.

That is why failing to sign another winger would be dangerous for his development.

United risk rushing Pellistri into regular first team action before he is ready.

Dan James found it tough going last season, adapting to playing for United on a regular basis, and he was asked to do too much, to the point it has already hampered his development with his confidence lost.

United do not appear to have learned from this mistake. Pellistri is a good signing for the future, and for depth, but asking him to be more than that right now is the wrong move.

Facundo Pellistri: Player profile

  1. Talented young winger

    Pellistri is 18 and plays mainly as a right winger, although is also comfortable on the left. He made his debut for Penarol last August at 17.

  2. The numbers

    In total Pellistri has 37 appearances as a professional and two goals. He also has four assists, and made his Copa Libertadores debut in March.

  3. No red tape hold-up

    Pellistri has a Spanish passport, which means he would not require a work permit.

  4. Style of play

    Pellistri’s pace and dribbling ability is his biggest strength. He is keen to take players on and has good close control. He also likes to drop deep and has a good work rate in trying to win the ball back.

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