Solskjaer: ‘Long-term’ talent has ‘perfect platform’ at Man Utd

Will Ford
Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims new signing Facundo Pellistri has the “perfect platform” to succeed at Manchester United.

The 18-year-old winger went under the radar somewhat on deadline day as United also secured deals for Edinson Cavani and Alex Tellles, as well as another winger – Amad Traore – who will join in January from Atalanta for a reported £37million.

But Pellestri is highly thought of, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City all credited with interest.


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Having fought off the competition and agreeing a £10million fee, Solskjaer revealed the club have been keeping tabs on the Uruguayan for several years.

“Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term,” Solskjaer said.

“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.”

Pellistri said the chance to play for United is “perfect” for his development.

“To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true,” Pellistri told the club’s official site. “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.”