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What Forlan told Solskjaer about Pellistri before Man United transfer

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Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has discussed the signing of Facundo Pellestri on transfer deadline day, where United made four late additions.

Pellestri arrived at Old Trafford alongside compatriot Edinson Cavani, while Alex Telles was also signed on the final day of the window and an agreement was reached for Amad Diallo to join in January from Atalanta.

Those additions came after a relatively quiet summer for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side, with Donny van de Beek being the only senior acquisition heading into the final 24 hours of the market.

While Pellestri is unlikely to be an immediate first-team regular at United, he can be a stellar asset for the future and Forlan, who worked with the player at Penarol, is impressed with his ability and shared his thoughts on the player’s ability with current United boss Solskjaer ahead of the transfer.


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“There was a lot of interest in the player and I could understand why,” he told the South China Morning Post.

“He’s very quick and goes past players easily. He was doing that even when it was not a good moment for the team. He likes receiving the ball in midfield and moving forward with it. Even though he was young, I put him in my team every week.

“He can play on the right but also the left. He’s two-footed like I was and he tries to dribble like Ryan Giggs.

“I told Ole he has a lot of potential, but he has to keep developing.

“I told Facundo many times: ‘There are not players like you in Uruguay, but if you go to Europe, which attracts the best in the world, there will be many others who are very fast – and stronger than you too. You have potential but it depends on you to improve.”

The 18-year-old made 30 first-team appearances for Penarol prior to leaving South America, scoring his only goal in November last year.

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