Manchester United winger Pellistri returns to Alaves on loan for 2021-22 campaign


The teenager has played a leading role in the Red Devils pre-season plans, but will now continue his development at Mendizorrotza Stadium.

Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri is back at Deportivo Alaves on loan for the duration of the 2021-22 campaign.

Pellistri left Uruguayan side Penarol at Old Trafford last October and spent three months with United’s U23 squad before joining Alaves on a six-month loan.

The Spanish side have now reached an agreement to bring the 19-year-old back to the club for a full season, with the Red Devils happy to sanction his departure so he can take more regular minutes at senior level.

What was said?

Alaves confirmed Pellistri’s arrival at Mendizorrotza Stadium in an official statement on their website, which reads: “Deportivo Alavés and Manchester United have reached a deal whereby Facundo Pellistri will return on loan to Gasteiz club.

“From Deportivo Alavés, we wish Pellistri good luck in this new stage as a player of Albiazul.”

Solskjaer’s position on Pellistri

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described his short-term plans for Pellistri after seeing him score his first goal for the club in a 2-1 friendly victory over Derby County on July 18.

“I think he showed what he is because he is a difficult player to face,” said the Norwegian. “One on one, he can get past people who are so happy with him.”

“I can see a loan deal for him,” he said. “There has been a lot of interest and for its best interest a loan would be what we are looking for.”

The former Uruguayan U16 international also played in subsequent preseason matches against Queens Park Rangers and Brentford, but Solskjaer ultimately kept his word by sacking him on loan to continue his development.

Pellistri’s record at Alaves

Pellistri only made 12 La Liga appearances for Alaves last season, including only four as a starter, as he was hampered by a lingering muscle injury.

The teenager also didn’t score a goal or assists, but played his part in helping the club avoid relegation to the Segunda division.

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