Man Utd attacker throws down the gauntlet to Ten Hag with quickfire double deal on the horizon

Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Facundo Pellistri, Manchester United, January 2023

A Man Utd attacker has sent a message to Erik ten Hag over his minutes, while Fabrizio Romano has revealed two deals for the same player could soon be sanctioned.

Despite signing for Manchester United way back in 2020, Facundo Pellistri was made to wait until 2023 before making his debut.

That moment finally came in the League Cup during the 3-0 victory over Charlton Athletic on January 10. His first start for the club came on March 16 as Man Utd saw off Real Betis in the Europa League.

The 21-year-old Uruguay international has looked lively each and every time he’s taken to the field for United. With Alejandro Garnacho sidelined with an ankle ligament injury, Pellistri could see his minutes from the bench become even more frequent in the coming weeks.

Now, speaking to ESPN during the recent international break, Pellistri revealed his hunger to earn more minutes under Ten Hag.

“It makes me very happy to have more participation in the team,” he said (via Man Utd’s official website).

“I recently played as a starter, [and] that helps you feel better, both in training and on a day-to-day basis.

“Hopefully, I can follow this path, continue contributing, and, at the end of the season, I can win all the possible titles with the club.”

Pellistri’s cameos have been warmly received by the United faithful and their support has not gone unnoticed by the player.

“It makes me happy,” he continued. “It would be worse if nobody wanted to see me play.

“Feeling that support from both the Uruguayans and the people from Manchester, wanting me to play, motivates you and makes you keep putting in [the effort] to have those opportunities that are coming and I’m enjoying them.”

But while Pellistri clearly has his sights set on making an impact at Old Trafford, Fabrizio Romano recently revealed another loan exit may await.

Pellistri could sign two deals

Pellistri was previously loaned to Spanish side Deportivo Alaves on two occasions after joining United. Romano claimed another loan move could be sanctioned this summer, though only if he signs a new deal first.

“What’s going on right now is that for Pellistri, Man Utd are prepared to offer him a new contract and then decide if they want to send him on loan next season or keep him in the squad,” said Romano.

“This is something that, of course, has to be decided with Ten Hag.”

Romano added Pellistri had loan proposals in January from “Bologna and Sassuolo in Italy, some Spanish clubs but also Flamengo in Brazil.”

Ten Hag refused to greenlight a mid-season exit, though the story may be different six months later.

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