Manchester United might be about to discover how good £9million signing really is

 

 

Jadon Sancho’s summer signing is one which has been four-years in the making, with the seeds sown when Manchester United first enquired about his signature following exit from Man City back in 2017.

Instead he ventured to pastures new and took a sizeable risk when he gambled on a move to Borussia Dortmund in the hope of gaining regular playing time and fulfilling his childhood dream of and England call-up

 

Now he is finally a United player, even if he hasn’t had the official unveiling to match, with the 21-year-old fully focused on his debut season at Old Trafford and his first chance at taking the Premier League by storm.

His £72.9million transfer fee already looks somewhat of a bargain considering he was valued at £108m a year ago with United securing the services of a homegrown talent with a world-class ceiling.

His arrival did pose one obvious question; what about the two rookies signed instead of Sancho last summer?

With the clock ticking on deadline day of the summer window last year United accelerated plans to sign teenage duo Amad and Facundo Pellistri, two relative unknowns, but both exciting players with the long-term ambitions of making it in men’s football.

Amad could end up costing the club £37m if he fulfils the add-ons required to pay out additional fees, making Uruguayan teen Pellistri a relative bargain at the cost of just £9m.

It means in the space of just over nine months United have now spent a staggering £118.9m on reinforcing a right wing which was long overdue a refurbishment, though it is quite clear all three can not envisage a long-term future at Old Trafford.

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The immediate focus will be on England star Sancho, though with Marcus Rashford expected to be out for roughly 12 weeks after shoulder surgery he could start the season on the left rather than the right.

Elsewhere and Amad is currently away with the Ivory Coast for Olympic duty but upon his return could find himself sharing the right wing role with fellow inverted forward Mason Greenwood.

It means Pellistri, 19, is the only one of the three wingers who will be at United’s disposal for the start of pre-season this summer and as such he is in with a good chance to show Solskjaer why he is worth the long-term investment.

The Uruguayan was recommended to Solskjaer by his former United teammate Diego Forlan, though he’ll be looking to leave a far longer-lasting impression on Old Trafford than his cult hero compatriot.

Although announced as if he were a senior player last October club sources have admitted Pellistri was more so a high-profile youth signing with serious expectations of quickly progressing to men’s football side once he has been given enough time to adapt to European football.

One scout who monitored his development even told MEN Sport the youngster is currently ‘a way off’ the standard needed to play in the Premier League, though his performances on loan with Alaves last season demonstrated the exciting raw talent which he possesses.

While he might not be up to the first-team standards required to make it in the first-team yet ‘Pelli’ – as United teammates call him – has shown maturity far beyond his age.

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Upon settling in Manchester the teenager took it upon himself to contact reserve manager Neil Wood and insist he was fully committed to helping his side survive relegation in their first season back in Premier League 2. His gesture was entirely unprompted, a huge sign of the maturity which this young man possesses.

By the end of the season his focus was instead on helping Alaves avoid relegation, making 12 appearances despite an injury setback, as his Spanish loan side did just that.

“He did well and they loved him,” Academy player performance manager Les Parry said of the loan. “He is fearless. He’s brave and doesn’t duck out of tackles. He goes for headers meaning to go for headers – he doesn’t just jump. And, when he runs at defenders, one thing you can’t let Facundo do is get into the box. When he gets into the box, he has fantastic feet and leaves people standing. As you say, the fans really liked him there.”

It looks like Alaves fans could get to see even more of Pellistri next season too with the La Liga side keen to secure him on another loan deal, a solution which looks beneficial for all parties involved.

 

Away from the hype of fellow right-wingers Sancho and Amad, the Uruguayan youngster will continue to work on his game and gain valuable experience at a crucial stage in his career, starting with a trip to Derby this weekend.

With a number of key players absent from pre-season training this summer he has the opportunity to remind Solskjaer why he bought him in the first place.

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