Facundo Pellistri’s early impression on Man Utd coaches after deadline day transfer
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Manchester United had a busy deadline day with Facundo Pellistri amongst a host of new signings.
The Uruguayan teenager, 18, signed a five-year deal with the Red Devils with an option for an extra year after being scoped out by scouts.
After making 37 first-team appearances for Penarol in his homeland, he was handed a huge opportunity to head to Old Trafford in a deal worth an initial £9million.
He has been given a tough welcome to English football and made his second appearance for the Under-21s in a 4-0 defeat to Morecambe on Wednesday night.
After the game, Under-23s boss Neil Wood was asked by MEN Sport about his progress and revealed he has regularly been involved in first-team training and making a positive impression.
Facundo Pellistri has made a positive early impression at Man Utd
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Wood said: "We've not had much access to him really, he's been training with the first team a lot and training well with the first team, so it's going to take time to adapt.
"It's not easy to come to a different country and hit the ground running, you see that at the highest level.
Pellistri has played two youth team games for the Red Devils so far
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“So it's great for him to get on the pitch and get some minutes behind him and a bit of match sharpness. It will help him in the long run.
"I know tonight [at Morecambe] is not the ideal situation for him, but it can only benefit him being out on the pitch.”
After securing his move to the club, Pellistri said: “To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true.
“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.”