Facundo Pellestri and Amad's contrasting Man Utd fortunes playing out


Facundo Pellestri could be forgiven for looking jealously on at Amad’s progress since the teenage wingers joined Manchester United.

Amad is likely to be on the bench for Wednesday’s clash with Crystal Palace, having been catapulted into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans since joining in January.

The 18-year-old made his debut with a brief cameo in last month’s 4-0 win over Real Sociedad, before showing flashes of his pace and technique with a half-hour appearance in the return leg.

He has regularly trained with United’s first-team stars, and it is only a matter of time before he makes his Premier League debut, with the Ivorian having been hailed as a potential solution to United’s problematic right-wing spot.

In contrast, Pellistri has made two substitute appearances for relegation strugglers Alaves since joining the La Liga side on loan in the January transfer window.



Amad and Shola Shoretire in training ahead of United’s trip to Crystal Palace

He made his bow from the bench in a 4-0 defeat to Sociedad, then showed his promise when he played the second half of his side’s narrow 1-0 loss to Osasuna.

Seven months Amad’s senior, the 19-year-old regrets not having spent more time at United since joining on transfer deadline day in October.

He was restricted to appearances with United’s reserve teams in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy during his time with the Red Devils – scoring twice in his first six appearances.

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However, he says he is quickly gaining in confidence due to the “rapid changes” since his move from Penarol in his native Uruguay.



Facundo Pellistri has made two substitute appearances for relegation strugglers Alaves

“I am very happy despite the rapid changes, faster than I imagined,” said Pellistri in an interview with ESPN South America.

“I was hoping to have a little more time in Manchester, but on the club’s side they have organised what to do with each player.”

On his first outings in Spain, he added: “The coach gave me the last two games and he is giving me confidence. My team-mates too.”

Meanwhile, Amad is on a different trajectory. On the eve of the trip to Selhurst Park, the former Atalanta prospect took to Twitter to post pictures of himself training, along with the caption: “Your time will come boy.”

Having briefly seen him in action against Sociedad, United fans are hoping that time comes soon, too.





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