Facundo Pellistri makes a heartfelt admission after Man United debut
Facundo Pellistri makes a sad admission following his debut for Manchester United.
Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has acknowledged that after waiting nearly two and a half years for his professional debut, he began to wonder if his moment at the team would ever arrive.
Pellistri, who is 18 years old, joined United from Uruguayan powerhouses Penarol in October 2020 and initially started off playing for the team’s Under-23 group. By January, he had impressed and appeared to be in line for an opportunity with the first squad, but a case of Covid-19 forced the young player to miss an FA Cup match against Watford.
Pellistri eventually ended up joining Alaves on loan before the end of that month. In 2021/22, after playing with United at least during the preseason, he went back to the Spanish team for an entire season.
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This season, the now-21-year-old has spent most of his time on the bench in the Premier League and Europa League, never making an appearance. His lack of opportunities was quite strange given that he was making gains with Uruguay at the international level and got to the World Cup.
“I have been waiting for this moment for a long time, and it came. Of course, I’m really happy because of the moment and the way it was, and that is incredible,” Pellistri has now told club media in the wake of his United debut against Charlton this week.
“I had the luck to be at Old Trafford in other squads, but unluckily I didn’t enter the pitch to play. I looked at the crowd and all the time I thought ‘when will my moment arrive to play?’ It was the day and I enjoyed it a lot.”
“I am very happy, and I want to help my teammates to achieve all the trophies that we have in mind and to win every game we have because this is an incredible club and very big. All players want to play and of course I want more. I will fight and train hard to continue this way.“
After the game, United manager Erik ten Hag stated that he was pleased with what he saw from Pellistri and hinted at a future for him at Old Trafford.