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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Manchester United signed Facundo Pellistri

I remember hearing about Facundo Pellistri for the first time in early July.

A notification popped up on my phone from The Athletic — Andy Mitten had been reliably informed that Manchester United were tracking the 18-year-old Uruguayan winger.

It became clear in the article that Ole Gunner Solskjaer was given a tip from an old friend about this kid, and the United manager is someone who likes to use his connections in football, whether it’s former team-mates or player he’s managed in his short career since retiring as a footballer.

Playing with Penarol, Pellistri played under Diego Forlan who didn’t last very long as manager…

Mitten writes: “Forlan has long insisted that United’s stable football environment makes it a great club for a young footballer.”

So, it’s clear how this one happened but Solskjaer has now explained why United signed Pellistri (via ManUtd.com): “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term. Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent.

“Facundo has the perfect platform at Manchester United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here. We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”

It’s also encouraging to hear Pellistri arrives already fluent in English.

His favourite position is on the right wing but he can also play on the left, “and loves to run at opposition defenders,” as per Mitten.

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4 responses to “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Manchester United signed Facundo Pellistri”

  1. Omowaye sunday peter says:

    Welcome pellistri to the most populous club in the world (great manchester united), may your years spending there be fruitful. I love you, i will like you improving per game play.

  2. Mohammed Mohammed says:

    Please I need ole gunnar sulskjaer to know one thing,if he really want to be winning games,he stop the habit of wearing suits or coats as the case may be,why because you can’t use dresses for office work in time of sport work,please let him take note and lastly he should emulate the pattern of Sir Alex and stand on the tourchline to encourage his players when matches are going on….I wish him all the best.

  3. ThankGod Sunday says:

    I also welcome you to old traffort, Pellistri

  4. Akinwunmi Taiwo says:

    Pellistri!! Welcome to our team. Please play with ease, in order to avoid injury and your impact is needed alot.