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Man Utd player set to leave Old Trafford despite Raphael Varane highlighting his importance

Man Utd player set to leave Old Trafford despite Raphael Varane highlighting his importance

It's a surprising move.

Manchester United star Facundo Pellistri will be allowed to leave on loan next season, according to a fresh report.

Pellistri joined United in 2020 under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having been tipped off about his talent by ex-striker Diego Forlan.

However, he has had to be patient awaiting first-team opportunities. The 21-year-old has not made a single start for United in his entire career.

In fact, his only two first-team starts of the campaign have come for Uruguay in the World Cup.

However, the winger has come off the bench six times since the New Year and has had a notable impact in almost every appearance.

Indeed, against Real Betis in particular, Pellistri impressed the Old Trafford faithful, playing a crucial part in setting up Wout Weghorst’s goal.

Yet, despite his upturn in performances, it appears Erik ten Hag will allow the youngster to leave on loan next term.

Pellistri to leave on loan

According to the Manchester Evening News, United are planning to let Pellistri and Anthony Elanga head out on loan next season.

The club are allegedly reluctant to sell Pellistri less than three years into his Old Trafford career, and any loan move would likely determine whether he has a long-term future at the club.

Pellistri joined United for £9million from Penarol in October 2020 and has since been loaned out to Alaves twice. Indeed, he spent the entirety of last season playing in La Liga but started only six times.

If a loan move is sanctioned however, Pellistri would be leaving just as his Man Utd career was gathering momentum.

Indeed, centre-back Varane said United needed players like Pellistri and teenage winger Alejandro Garnacho in the squad.

Speaking after United’s goalless draw against Southampton, the Frenchman said: "I think they have great talent, you saw it today,

"They can bring speed on the pitch, they can create opportunities, create danger. We need these kinds of players to make the difference and change games."

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Topics: Football, Transfers, Facundo Pellistri, Manchester United, Anthony Elanga, Raphael Varane