In a recent turn of events that saw Facundo Pellistri emerge as a standout player, his performance during Granada’s clash with Barcelona on Sunday has been the talk of the town. The Manchester United winger, currently on loan at Granada, played a pivotal role in the match that ended in a draw.
Manchester United made the decision to loan Pellistri to Granada just before the January transfer deadline, marking his return to Spanish football where he had previously spent 18 months with Alaves. Given his limited appearances this season for United, with only one start and eight substitute appearances in the Premier League, the move was aimed at providing him with more game time.
Pellistri’s impact was immediate and notable, especially in the game against Barcelona. Starting on the right wing for Granada, who are fighting to avoid relegation, Pellistri was instrumental in both of Granada’s goals, first by assisting the equalizer and then by scoring a goal himself. His performance was a silver lining for Granada, as they managed to secure a 1-1 scoreline before halftime and then take the lead twice in the game, although Barcelona eventually leveled the score late in the match.
Following the game, Pellistri expressed his determination on Instagram, hinting at the ongoing battle against relegation. His efforts did not go unnoticed by his Manchester United teammates, with Harry Maguire sending his congratulations, stating “well done mate”, and similar messages of support coming from Kobbie Mainoo as he sent two hearts to Pellistri whilst Amad Diallo stated ‘congrats bro’.
At 22, Pellistri is at a crucial stage in his career, and his current form in Spain could be a determining factor in his future at Manchester United. This loan spell not only offers him the chance to prove his worth but also puts him in the spotlight for potential inclusion in United’s future plans or could influence a decision on his sale this summer.