Man Utd consider terminating winger Facundo Pellistri’s loan spell early with key decision planned

Facundo Pellistri is currently on loan at La Liga side Alaves (Picture: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Manchester United are reportedly considering ending Facundo Pellistri’s loan deal with Deportivo Alaves early.

The 19-year-old completed a season-long loan move to the La Liga side in the summer but a lack of playing time has caused concern at United.

The winger has only started one La Liga match this season with his total playing time amassing to under 200 minutes so far.

According to Goal, United are now considering terminating his contract after inserting a clause that allows them to recall the player if he’s not played 1,000 minutes before the start of December.

Should the Uruguayan return to United before the end of the year, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to make a decision on whether to keep him in his plans for the second half of the campaign or sanction a short-term loan to another club.

Pellestri would likely not be short of offers of another loan with Club Brugges previously expressing interest.

The talented teenager penned a deal with United in October 2020 after arriving from Penarol and became a regular for the Under-23 side.

Facundo Pellistri scored for Manchester United against Derby in pre-season (Picture: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

A short loan spell at Alaves followed before he had his chance to impress in pre-season under Solskjaer.

Pellestri is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Red Devils but did score the winner against Derby in their opening friendly match in the summer.

But with the likes of Jadon Sancho arriving through the door and pushing Pellestri down the pecking order, a decision was made to send the latter out on loan.

Sancho has endured struggles of his own since joining from Borussia Dortmund though and is yet to properly hit the ground running.

Team-mate Luke Shaw reckons he’s just missing that bit of luck in front of goal and his efforts in training will soon pay off.

‘Sometimes, for people, it takes time,’ Shaw said. ‘But I wouldn’t say he’s struggling at the moment.

‘He’s working extremely hard behind closed doors and training really well and looking really sharp.

‘He just hasn’t had that bit of luck that sometimes you need for your first goal or first assist.

‘But I’ve got no doubt in my mind, it’s coming. The talent he has is unbelievable, he can go right to the very top.’

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