Man Utd’s ‘rebel’ Facundo Pellistri told to change part of game on Alaves loan

Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri has been described as a “rebel” and told to change one part of his game while on loan.

The Uruguayan, who arrived at Old Trafford on October’s Deadline Day from Penarol, was sent out to La Liga side Alaves until the end of the season.

With Red Devils fans hoping to see him in the senior squad, the 18-year-old has instead scored three goals in just eight appearances for the academy.

And Adrian Colombo, who worked with Pellistri as youth coach for the Uruguayan side, has suggested what Pellistri needs to work on in Spain.

Speaking to the inews , the coach said: “The main thing with Facu is that he likes having the ball at his feet to run.

“He wants to get the ball at his feet and provoke one-on-one duels.

“Sometimes I’d say, ‘Facu, it’s better to lay it off then attack the space.’

“He needs to understand the game, when he can go past his man and when he needs to pass.”

The Penarol coach went on to explain how the forward plays in a maverick way to his colleagues.

“It’s true we have a lot of players who get stuck in, who fight for the ball, who will jump [for headers] or block,” Colombo added.

“But we also have this other kind of player, who is quick, who carries the ball at speed.

“Uruguayan football is very vertical; you attack quickly. That is the case with Pellistri.

“Conducting the ball at speed is his primary weapon. He has a little bit of rebelliousness [about his play].”

Pellistri has trained with the senior squad at United on several occasions this season, sitting on the bench for two Champions League fixtures.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was even looking to hand Pellestri a debut this season after wowing coaches in training.

But the Norwegian has now changed his mind and now believes he will do better elsewhere.

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