Manchester United Plan To Use Facundo Pellistri In The First Team

Manchester United Plan To Use Facundo Pellistri In The First Team

United reached an agreement to sign Pellistri on Monday as they turned to back-up options following their failure to sign Jadon Sancho.

Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho was the priority target for United in their search for a new right winger but the the 20-year-old remains in Dortmund. The club decided to sign a long-term youth option rather than a short-term loan signing instead of Sancho, amid interest in Ismaila Sarr and Ousmane Dembele.

Pellistri joins United on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year, after the club accelerated plans to sign the South American winger late in the window.

United had been admirers of the 18-year-old wide man for well over a year and regularly tracked his progress during his breakthrough playing in the Uruguayan top flight.

MEN Sport understands that despite only being a teenager Pellistri will go straight into the first-team set-up at United with the club well aware of the impact he could make when he is given time to adapt.

United acknowledge Pellistri won’t be ready to go straight into the starting line-up at Old Trafford but appreciate his remarkable talent and will look to ease him into the team gradually.

Pellistri became the second Uruguayan to sign for United in the window after the club completed a deal for free agent Edinson Cavani.

The teenager became United’s fourth addition on deadline day following deals for Cavani, Alex Telles and Amad Diallo.

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