Pellistri discusses his loan spell and talks up Cavani

Manchester United starlet Facundo Pellistri is currently out on loan with Alaves in Spain.

It has not been straight-forward because he has struggled to force his way into the starting lineup at a club which currently sits 15th in La Liga.

He has been in the matchday squad for every league game this season but has only started five of them.

In an interview with the Guardian, Pellistri has confirmed his lack of minutes mean United interim manager Ralf Rangnick can recall him in January.

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“There’s a clause where if I don’t play a certain number of minutes, they can take me back [unliterally], and mathematically I can’t reach that even if I play every minute until January,” Pellistri said.

Pellistri moved to Old Trafford on the same day as his Uruguayan countryman Edinson Cavani and had high praise for the striker.

“He’s incredible. Everything you heard about him is true. He trains like no one, he’s a leader, he advised me. We spent Christmas together and I talk to him all the time.

“I was already in the bubble which meant that when I got to Manchester I could train sooner than Edi. He got there before me but had to do quarantine so instead of him welcoming me, it was me welcoming him.” 

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Rangnick has a fantastic reputation for working with young players, and he might decide he wants to work with Pellistri. The winger said during in pre-season he wanted to stay at Old Trafford for the campaign.

That said, United have a huge amount of options in the 19-year-old’s position and the likes of Amad and Anthony Elanga have had to be very patient this season.

It would probably be wise for Pellistri to be on loan for the remainder of the season, although United may decide to recall him before sending him to a side higher up the division or where he will start more often.

And if he takes after Cavani’s attitude to training and improvement, Pellistri has every chance of carving out a successful career. There were signs of his quality in pre-season in a friendly win over Derby before he joined Alaves.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.