April 20, 2021

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Pellistri regrets having to leave Man United on loan so soon after transfer

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Facundo Pallistri regrets not having spent longer at Manchester United before being sent out on loan to Alaves in La Liga.

The 19-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford from Uruguayan side CA Penarol for around £7.5million in October, has made two appearances for Alaves.

Pallistri came off the bench to make his debut during a 4-0 defeat against Real Sociedad.

And the Montevideo-born talent followed that up with another outing at home to Osasuna as 18th-placed Alaves continue their battle to avoid relegation from La Liga.


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In the time between joining United and jetting off to Spain for a loan spell, Pallistri was introduced to life in Premier League 2 – scoring twice in his first six appearances.

However, despite being faced with ‘rapid changes’ to his situation at Old Trafford, the winger is starting to feel the benefits of being exposed to top-level European football.

In an interview with ESPN South America, Pellistri said: “I am very happy despite the rapid changes, faster than I imagined. I was hoping to have a little more time in Manchester, but on the club’s side they have organised what to do with each player.”

On his first outings in Spain, he added: “The coach gave me the last two games and he is giving me confidence. My team-mates too.”

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Despite sitting third-bottom of the La Liga table, Pellistri and his Alaves team-mates remain in with a good chance of avoiding the drop for a second straight season.

Indeed, they are level on points with two other sides – Eibar and Real Valladolid – while a host of other clubs such as Valencia remain within touching distance of them.

In his two substitute appearances so far, United winger Pellistri has totted up 77 minutes, including a bright cameo during the narrow 1-0 defeat by Osasuna on Saturday night.

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