Man Utd bag promising winger in fifth deadline day deal

Joe Williams
Facundo Pellistri Penarol Man Utd

Man Utd have swooped late on deadline day to seal a deal for promising winger Facundo Pellistri from Peñarol.

The 18-year-old has spent the last two seasons playing in the top division in Uruguay with Peñarol. Over the past two campaigns, he has featured in 37 games in all competitions and he has scored two goals.

The signing was the Red Devils’ fifth of the day with Edinson Cavan, Alex Telles and teenage centre-back Willy Kambwala joining immediately, while Amad Traore will head to Man Utd in January.

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Pellistri told the club’s official site: “To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true. I have learnt a lot at Penarol and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me. To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development.

“I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day. Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “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.”