Facundo Pellistri shares Man Utd transfer regret after being loaned to Alaves

Manchester United loanee Facundo Pellistri admits he wishes he had spent more time in Manchester before being shipped out on loan to Alaves.

The Uruguayan, 19, signed for the Red Devils in the summer from native side Penarol.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United staff felt his progression would be enhanced if he received gametime on a regular basis elsewhere.

Pellistri has impressed at the La Liga outfit so far but does regret not spending more time in England before his January move.

"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," he told ESPN South America.

"The coach gave me the last two games and he is giving me confidence. My team-mates too."

Pellistri impressed during his time in United's U23 side, with fans calling on Solskjaer to give the youngster a run in the first-team.

However, unlike January arrival Amad Diallo, Pellistri wasn't afforded a run in the senior side.

Adrian Colombo, who worked with Pellistri as youth coach for Penarol, has suggested what the attacker needs to work on in Spain.

Speaking to inews, the coach said: “The main thing with Facu is that he likes having the ball at his feet to run.

“He wants to get the ball at his feet and provoke one-on-one duels. Sometimes I’d say, ‘Facu, it’s better to lay it off then attack the space.’

“He needs to understand the game, when he can go past his man and when he needs to pass.

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  • “It’s true we have a lot of players who get stuck in, who fight for the ball, who will jump [for headers] or block. But we also have this other kind of player, who is quick, who carries the ball at speed.

    “Uruguayan football is very vertical; you attack quickly. That is the case with Pellistri.

    “Conducting the ball at speed is his primary weapon. He has a little bit of rebelliousness [about his play].”

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