Facundo Pellistri reveals Cavani has helped him settle at Man United

Manchester United new boy Facundo Pellistri thanks fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani for helping him to settle at Old Trafford after his £10m summer move with 19-year-old eyeing a ‘dream’ first-team debut in 2021

  • Facundo Pellistri is hoping to make a ‘dream’ debut for Manchester United soon
  • Uruguayan winger, 19, has played in United’s reserves since summer arrival
  • Compatriot Edinson Cavani has been helping him settle into life at Old Trafford
  • Pellistri was an unused substitute for two Champions League matches
  • And he hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bring him into the team in weeks ahead 

Facundo Pellistri has revealed how Uruguayan compatriot Edinson Cavani is helping him settle in at Manchester United as he sets his sights on a first-team debut.

The 19-year-old winger joined United from Penarol in his homeland back in October in a £10million deal and has so far played for the under-23 and under-21 teams.

Pellistri is now training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior squad and it seems a matter of time before he makes his debut.

Facundo Pellistri (left) has revealed how his Uruguayan compatriot Edinson Cavani (right) has helped him settle into life at Manchester United since his summer arrival from Penarol 

Pellistri celebrates scoring for United’s under-21 side against Accrington Stanley in the Papa John’s Trophy last month 

‘It’s been amazing to train with guys like [Marcus] Rashford, [Paul] Pogba, [Juan] Mata and Edi, who is very close friends with me,’ Pellistri told Man United’s official website.

‘It’s amazing for me because I watched them on TV and now I am practising with them. The intensity, the high quality they have, it’s great for me to play with them and I improve a lot.

‘All the time I speak with Edi and he is a very nice person. He is always trying to be around me, giving me advice and everything that I need. He is there to help me and that is very important for me. I am very happy with that.

‘I know he is one of the best players in the world and one of the all-time best players from Uruguay, but he is also a very nice person.’

The 19-year-old winger has impressive for United’s reserve team and is hoping for a senior debut in the coming weeks

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promoted Pellistri into first-team training last month

Man United fixtures 

Premier League unless stated

Wednesday Manchester City (H)

Carabao Cup semi-final

Saturday Watford (H)

FA Cup third round

January 12 Burnley (A)

January 17 Liverpool (A)

January 20 Fulham (A)

January 27 Sheffield United (H)

Though the Covid-19 restrictions have meant Pellistri cannot explore as much of Manchester and England as he would have liked, he is settling in and working on improving his English.

Pellistri scored in Premier League 2 fixtures against Southampton and Manchester City for the under-23 side and also for the under-21s against Accrington Stanley in the Papa John’s Trophy.

He has also been an unused substitute in Solskjaer’s squad for two Champions League games – away to Paris Saint-Germain and at home to Istanbul Basaksehir.

But Solskjaer has made clear that Pellistri will be given time to adapt to the English game in the reserves before making the step up.

‘For me, it’s going to be a dream to have a chance in the first team and to fight for a place,’ Pellistri said.

‘And that Manchester are going to the top. That is my biggest dream.

‘Yes, that is what I am working on [making his senior debut] and, hopefully, I am going to have it.’

Pellistri says he is adapting to life in England and the demands of football in his new country

United host local rivals Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night before hosting Championship side Watford in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Cavani, 33, has scored four goals for United since his summer arrival following his release by Paris Saint-Germain.

But he will miss United’s next two games as he serves a three-match suspension for misconduct handed down by the Football Association for using the term ‘negrito’ in an Instagram post.

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