Facundo Pellistri is slowly gathering his laurels to potentially earn his place in Man Utd’s senior team. Purchased late into the summer transfer window, the teenager was viewed as a potential makeshift acquisition for the right-wing after the abysmal failure to acquire Jadon Sancho.
However, despite the winter transfer drawing nearer, he has yet to see his chance on the pitch under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, even as the likes of Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, and Alex Telles are maturing into first-team regulars.
Of course, his age and relative inexperience always made that to be the case but the recent turn of events could see a change in his fortunes.
Pellistri certainly seems to have earned his place to start for Man Utd. The 18-year-old has been in blistering form with the U-23s as of late, having netted three goals already and that too in consecutive games.
In fact, his latest one came during a “mini-derby” that put the youth side against Man City’s elite development squad. The United youngsters did what their senior colleagues did as well, albeit with goals as the game ended 2-2.
Fans stormed to Twitter to let their appreciation for the Uruguayan international known. Many let out pleas for him to be given a start in one of the upcoming games for the Red Devils.
Facundo Pellistri has scored in his last 3 appearances for Man Utd:
⚽️ vs. Accrington
⚽️ vs. Southampton
⚽️ vs. Man City
Really encouraging. 🇺🇾🙌 pic.twitter.com/bfGqPPYptE
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) December 13, 2020
Pellistri deserves his chance in the First Team scored again today 🔥 pic.twitter.com/hvzet178BS
— EddieUTD (@Goatwood11) December 13, 2020
Facundo Pellistri scores for #mufc U23’s in the Manchester Derby. That’s now three goals in three games for him. He’s just getting started!
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 13, 2020
I stand by the belief that I’ve mentioned several time, it won’t be long at all until Pellistri makes his senior debut. He’s settled in brilliantly. I think next month against Watford in the cup is the perfect chance to give him his debut.
— Daniel (@UtdApollo) December 13, 2020
So happy about my first derby and that goal! Keeping it up! 👊🏼 @ManUtd
— Facu Pellistri (@FPellistri07) December 13, 2020
In fact, Solskjær does have plenty of fixtures through which he could try and give the starlet some coveted senior minutes. While the upcoming Premier League fixture against Sheffield United probably isn’t the most likely avenue for that, other domestic fixtures could provide the opportunity.
The upcoming Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Everton is certainly a potential affair as is their FA Cup meeting against Watford in the new year.
If he does impress, Solskjær could view him as a valuable option for squad rotation with the Europa League demotion putting the club’s already crowded fixture list into more disarray.