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Harry Maguire and Kobbie Mainoo send messages to Facundo Pellistri after shining against Barcelona

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Manchester United talent Facundo Pellistri has been praised on Instagram after shining for Granada against Barcelona on Sunday night.

United decided to let Facundo Pellistri leave the club on loan before the January transfer deadline, agreeing a move to Granada.

The Uruguayan struggled for first-team action this season and started just one Premier League game, coming off the bench eight times.

Rather than have Pellistri sit around at United and barely play, United decided to send him out on loan with a return to Spain.

Pellistri previously spent 18 months on loan at Alaves and seems to be enjoying his latest spell in Spain having excelled against Barcelona on Sunday…

Pellistri started on the right flank for struggling Granada, hoping to spring a major surprise against Barca and pull away from the relegation zone.

Few really gave Granada a chance but they were a real nuisance having pegged Barcelona back at 1-1 before half-time.

Pellistri set up that leveller for Granada and then got himself on the scoresheet, stunning Barcelona with a close-range finish.


A topsy-turvy game saw Barcelona equalise three minutes after Pellistri’s goal, only for Granada to go ahead again just another three minutes later.

Barcelona did find a late leveller but Pellistri can be proud of his performance, bagging a goal and an assist in just his second game for Granada.

Manchester United players react to Pellistri display

Pellistri took to Instagram after the game, stating ‘the fight for the goal continues’ as Granada attempt to avoid relegation.

United players were paying close attention and sent messages of support to Pellistri, with Harry Maguire stating ‘well done mate’ after seeing the Uruguayan shine.

Kobbie Mainoo sent two hearts to Pellistri whilst Amad Diallo stated ‘congrats bro’ with the wide man’s performance appreciated by United players just hours after the win over Aston Villa.

Pellistri will love having the support of United players as he seeks to prove himself away from Old Trafford.

Now 22, Pellistri really needs to start showing that he can make an impact for United in the coming years – or this loan spell at Granada may well lead to a sale this summer.

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