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‘Best thing is to play’ – Man Utd teen loanee Facu Pellistri hints Jadon Sancho transfer pushed him into Alaves switch

MANCHESTER United winger Facundo Pellistri has suggested that Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford made him decide to head out on loan. Sancho signed from Dortmund for £73million in July, with Pellistri heading to Spanish side Alaves in August. The 19-year-old had originally confessed that he wanted to stay at United back in July. But seeing Sancho […] ...

MANCHESTER United winger Facundo Pellistri has suggested that Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford made him decide to head out on loan.

Sancho signed from Dortmund for £73million in July, with Pellistri heading to Spanish side Alaves in August.

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Pellistri in action for United in pre-season[/caption]

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Sancho has played nine times in all competitions for the Red Devils this season[/caption]

The 19-year-old had originally confessed that he wanted to stay at United back in July.

But seeing Sancho arrive seemingly changed his mind, with the Uruguayan conscious that first-team appearances would be limited.

He did feature for Ole Gunnar Solskajer in pre-season, but left on loan before the Premier League campaign began in a bid to play regular football.

Speaking to The Athletic about his pre-season with United, Pellestri said: “I felt stronger in the first team, I scored in a game at Derby for the first team.

“It was a very hard pre-season, the hardest I’ve ever had. Physically, you are really pushed, the training is such a high level.

“New players came in, including in my position [Sancho] so I thought it was a good idea to go on loan again.


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“The best thing for a player is to play, and for a young player, to get experience.”

Pellistri also revealed the club treated him to a new house after signing from Penarol.

He said: “The club gave me a house filled with enough food for two months.

“The difference between United and a club in Uruguay was incredible. There were so many people to help look after us. If we had any problem, I just had to call.

“If I wanted a new phone — no problem. They would get one for me.”

And the club could now be pressed into recalling Pellistri from his loan spell in Spain.

He has started just one of Alaves’ seven games this season, making six appearances off the bench.

According to GoalUnited are ‘frustrated’ with the situation – particularly given that they received other offers for Pellistri in the summer.

Should Pellistri fail to log 1,000 minutes of action by the start of December, the Red Devils will have the option to recall him in January.

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