We so often hear about midfielders and defenders starting out as center-forward, scoring hundreds of goals during their pre-teens, before descending lower on the pitch as they mature and become more grizzled. But in the case of Uruguayan teenage Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri – currently on loan to La Liga Alaves wrestlers – the opposite is true.
“When I started out all I wanted was to win the ball,” Pellistri told The Athletic. “I would even give the ball to the opponents to get it back. My father thought I would be an advocate.
Athletic traveled to Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country, to watch Alaves and meet Pellistri, who is in a second loan at Alaves after spending the second half of last season with them after joining United for almost 10 million pounds a year ago.
He’s here for the season this time around, although his loan is being reviewed by United based on several factors including playing time. United do it with all of the players on loan at this point in the season and they know that although Pellistri does not start matches yet, he has so far appeared in all seven of Alaves’ matches in one of the strongest leagues in the world.
The 19-year-old winger recently performed well in a 30-minute cameo as Alaves beat champions Atletico Madrid late last month and then went to the club’s training ground to watch her female team beat Villarreal’s before sitting down in the canteen to talk to us about her life …
Had you visited England before joining Manchester United?
When I was 15 my school ended with a final trip to London, Edinburgh and Bath.