Erik ten Hag has plans for Manchester United player Facundo Pellistri after performances in Uruguay

Erik ten Hag is expected to give Facundo Pellistri the chance to prove his worth at Manchester United in the pre-season before making a decision about his immediate future.

Pellistri, 20, has impressed with the Uruguayan national team throughout the year but has struggled for playing time at the club after a bad spell at Alavés.

The right winger returned to the La Liga side on loan last summer following a successful short-term spell in the second half of the 2020/21 season. However, he made just six appearances for Alavés this season, recording a measly 750 minutes of action in 23 games.

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Despite his difficulties at club level, Pellistri has been a success at international level, making five appearances for Uruguay this year. All of his senior appearances have been on the right wing, an area of ​​weakness for United, with Pellistri recording three assists in six matches.

The Manchester Evening News understands Pellistri will have a chance to show new coach Ten Hag what he can do in pre-season, although another loan outing next season is not ruled out.

The Uruguayan international is understood to be keen to earn regular playing time next season and he acknowledges that a loan deal could help in his bid to start World Cup matches later this year.

United are keen to sort out their long-term issues on the right wing this summer, with the club looking to sign at least one striker to make up for their attacking exodus as Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba all leave for free.

The right side of attack has been identified as a problematic position for United as most of their wingers like to operate in an inverted role, cutting down the left flank.

Jadon Sancho made most of his appearances on the left wing last season. Marcus Rashford has consistently worked on the right, while star Antony Elanga recently stated that he prefers to play on the left as well. Teen winger Amad has struggled to play for Rangers this season and could also leave on loan this summer, while Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for the squad.

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