Facundo Pellistri has a “rebelliousness” in his game that bodes well for Manchester United, but would benefit from improving one key part of his game, says his former Penarol coach.
The 19-year-old moved to Old Trafford in the summer but is yet to make a senior appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as he eases into life in England.
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The Uruguayan has been training with the United first-team squad and has now moved to Alaves on loan for the second half of the season.
Adrian Colombo, who worked with Pellistri in the youth ranks at Penarol, expects him to thrive in Europe but admits there are areas of his game to work on.
Colombo has told inews: “The main thing with Facu is that he likes having the ball at his feet to run.
“He wants to get the ball at his feet and provoke one-on-one duels.
“Sometimes I’d say, ‘Facu, it’s better to lay it off then attack the space.’
“He needs to understand the game, when he can go past his man and when he needs to pass.”
While admitting that Pellistri needs to improve his decision making, Colombo sees a rebellious streak in the youngster’s game that should serve him well as he seeks to follow in the footsteps of iconic countrymen such as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
“It’s true we have a lot of players who get stuck in, who fight for the ball, who will jump [for headers] or block,” Colombo added.
“But we also have this other kind of player, who is quick, who carries the ball at speed.
“Uruguayan football is very vertical; you attack quickly. That is the case with Pellistri.
“Conducting the ball at speed is his primary weapon. He has a little bit of rebelliousness [about his play].”