Facundo Pellistri, the 21-year-old winger for Manchester United, continued to showcase his impressive form with the Uruguayan national team in a commanding 3-0 victory against Bolivia.
This triumph solidified Uruguay’s second position in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification standings, with La Celeste accumulating 13 points from six games, just two points behind the reigning world champions, Argentina.
Despite facing limited playing time with Manchester United this season, making seven predominantly cameo appearances from the bench, Pellistri delivered a crucial assist for Bruno Fernandes in the last moments of the game against Fulham earlier this month.
In contrast, the young star has been more actively involved in key moments for the Uruguayan national team.
Having played eight times this calendar year for Uruguay and a total of 18 appearances in two years, Pellistri’s recent outstanding performance against Bolivia followed a successful night’s work against Argentina last Friday.
Against Bolivia, Pellistri received a commendable 7.9 score from Sofascore. His noteworthy contributions included providing an assist to Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez in the opening 15 minutes, showcasing his classic winger style by racing down the right wing and delivering a precise ball for Nunez to volley home.
Additionally, Pellistri played a significant role in the build-up phase for Uruguay’s third goal, demonstrating his dribbling skills and contributing to the eventual goal.
Credited for creating two big chances and displaying meticulous passing accuracy with 23 successful passes from 26 attempts, Pellistri combined creativity with precision in this performance.
Exiting the game after 77 minutes in his hometown, Montevideo, Pellistri added another successful night to his record. As he returns to Manchester, he likely hopes to secure more meaningful playing time at his club, especially given Antony’s struggles and Sancho’s absence from the squad.
Pellistri’s traditional wing play, reminiscent of legendary players like Ryan Giggs and Andrei Kanchelskis, could bring excitement to the Old Trafford crowd, and fans are eager to witness this style in the modern era.
The Montevideo native remains hopeful for opportunities to showcase his skills at Manchester United before potentially exploring loan or permanent options in the future.