Solskjaer Talks About Diallo And Pellistri Ahead Of January Window

MUFC manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Anthony Martial during the press conference.

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Man United signed Facundo Pellistri, and Amad Diallo during the last days of summer transfer window.

Pellistri caught the eye of the Premier League giants while playing for Penarol, and Diallo’s performance for Atalanta’s youth sides were enough to convince the Red Devils to spend big money on a player with very few first-team minutes under his belt.

The failure to sign Jadon Sancho led many to believe that the young duo were acquired to fill the void on the right wing immediately. However, both Pellistri and Diallo are yet to make their debut for Man United.

The Ivory Coast winger is still in Bergamo, as he couldn’t arrive in England in the summer itself due to issues with his work permit. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping that the ‘exciting talent’ will get the work permit soon and will be able to join his squad in January.

The 18-year-old made his Champions League debut on Tuesday, and his 22 minute-cameo was enough for Atalanta to come from behind and secure a point against FC Midtjylland.

The Uruguayan youngster, meanwhile, is in Manchester already, but is getting a taste of English football with the club’s Under-23s.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham, the manager talked about his progress, saying: “Facundo [Pellistri] has come in, trained with the first-team, he’s done well, we felt now is time for him to get game time, he played a couple of games in reserves, gradually settled in nicely and is more used to us.”

Pellistri registered his first Man United goal in a 3-1 win over Southampton U23s.