Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has fallen victim to a scathing rant by the agent of Facundo Pellistri over his treatment of the winger. Pellistri is set to complete a short loan to La Liga side Granada before the January transfer deadline, and he could leave permanently in the summer.
Ten Hag has sanctioned the 22-year-old’s short-term exit despite his attacking firepower for the second half of the season looking thin.
Pellistri joined United from Penarol in 2020, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer parting ways with around £7million to make the late addition.
But he has appeared just 24 times for the club over the last four years, which have included two underwhelming loan stints at Alaves, failing to score and registering just two assists.
Most of Pellistri’s involvement at Old Trafford has been through substitute cameos. This season, just three of his 14 appearances have been starts.
The Uruguay international was an unused substitute in Sunday’s 4-2 win against Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round. Omari Forson featured off the bench for his second senior game.
That appears to have been the final straw for Pellistri and his representative, Edgardo Lasalvia, who has suggested he will likely leave for good this summer if Ten Hag isn’t sacked as manager.
“Whether he [Pellistri] returns to Manchester in the middle of the year will depend on the performance he shows [at Granada]. If Ten Hag continues, it’s going to be difficult,” Edgardo Lasalvia told Sport 890.
“He [Ten Hag] hasn’t used him, valued him, or treated him like a professional. He has a loan that the boy decided to go on.
“All of Manchester knew. He [Ten Hag] summoned him against a fourth division team, and he didn’t use him.”
Pellistri has been behind Antony and Alejandro Garnacho in the right-wing pecking order this season. Amad Diallo’s return from injury may have set him back further.