Edinson Cavani explains why he’s liked Man Utd new boy Facundo Pellistri from debut moment

Edinson Cavani has heaped praise on compatriot Facundo Pellistri and is backing him to make an impact at Manchester United. Pellistri was one of four players, along with Cavani, signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on deadline day, as United look to bounce back from a mixed start to the season.

United had been linked with a winger for the entirety of the window, with Jadon Sancho reportedly Solskjaer’s top target.

Sancho agreed terms on a move to Old Trafford, but United bosses refused to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108million valuation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

That meant the Red Devils were forced to look at alternatives to Sancho ahead of last week’s international deadline.

Cavani will add to Solskjaer’s centre-forward options, while Pellistri, who signed from Penarol last Monday, will look to find a place in his starting line-up.

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Pellistri is highly thought of back in Uruguay and Cavani believes his “mischevious nature” will suit the Premier League game well.

“Pellistri is a young lad and I really love the way he plays the game,” he told the club’s official site.

“He’s the typical South American footballer who has that mischievous nature to his game, and the way he lives his football is a bit like, as we say in Uruguay,  being on el campito, as we call it, a makeshift pitch where you have a kickabout for fun with your mates or whoever.

“He’s a youngster who has a lot to learn but who has a lot to offer too.”

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The 18-year-old played 30 times for Penarol before his big-money move to the Premier League, but his new colleague believes he has seen enough to get excited about his potential.

“He’s already shown what he can do at Peñarol, in the games where he’s featured. I’ve liked him from the moment he made his first-team debut at Peñarol, I liked him a lot. 

“He’s coming here to the club, without a doubt determined to learn and mature as a player, but also to make a good contribution here himself. 

“Learning his trade here is also going to be a great experience for him. So it’s going to be good meeting up with him and travelling together on this journey in this new chapter for us both.”

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As for Cavani, he is likely to be made to wait to make his United debut.

The 33-year-old is currently self-isolating following his move to England, with the game against Newcastle coming too soon for him to make his United bow.

But he’s revealed that as soon as he is able to start full training, he will be ready to go.

Ased if he was fully fit, Cavani said: “Yes, I think I’m probably just missing that contact with my team-mates, and getting up to speed with, say, small-sided drills on the training ground and the intensity of a game itself.

“But that’s what we’re here for, to work hard, and we’re trying to do our level best so that from the moment I start training with my team-mates, I can get up to speed in as short a period as possible and be competing straight away and giving my best for the group.”

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