Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone against the wishes of one of his young stars by sending him back out on loan. Facundo Pellistri had said that he wanted to stay at Manchester United but will now return to Deportivo Alaves for the coming season.
Forward Pellistri appeared in all three of United’s pre-season friendlies, sandwiching a start against Queen’s Park Rangers between substitute appearances in clashes with Derby County and Brentford.
The 19-year-old impressed during those games.
He scored the winning goal at Pride Park as United battled to a 2-1 victory over Wayne Rooney’s Championship side before setting up Jesse Lingard’s opening goal against QPR.
“I would like to stay here but I’m still working hard, improving and [will] continue working,” Pellistri told MUTV following his goalscoring endeavours.
“I went on loan to Alaves – I feel good. Now I’m here trying my best, always pushing forward.”
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Following the Derby game, Solskjaer was quizzed about his plans for the player who arrived from Uruguayan side Penarol last year for £9million.
And the United boss admitted there had been a lot of interest from clubs who wanted to snap the youngster up for the 2021/22 campaign.
“I can see a loan deal for him. There’s been loads of interest and for his best interests a loan would be what we look for,” Solskjaer said.
“It was a very good goal. The first touch set him up and he’s very good at dribbling so going past the goalkeeper wasn’t a problem.
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“I think he showed what he is because he’s a difficult player to play against. One against one he can go past people so [I’m] very pleased with him.
“There is a lot of young talent – all the guys want to improve. The training is really hard and I’m very happy with that because young guys are trying their best and looking for a place in the first team.”
Despite Pellistri’s comments, the club confirmed on Thursday that the player would be returning to Alaves where he spent the second half of last season.
During his time in Spain, Pellistri made 12 league appearances as Alaves finished 16th in the La Liga table.
The Uruguayan previously made his mark in United’s Under 23s set up following his arrival in England last winter, scoring three times and providing one assist in eight competitive appearances.
Following his latest loan move, the Old Trafford club said: “Everybody at United wishes Facundo all the best this season and we will be tracking his progress closely.”
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