Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellestri surprisingly named in Uruguay’s World Cup squad


    Morecambe v Manchester United U21 - EFL Trophy
    Facundo Pellestri is yet to play for Man Utd (Photo: Getty)

    Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellestri has been named in Uruguay’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    The 20-year-old winger signed for United in 2020 for €10million (£8.7m) but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Red Devils, though he did spend a significant amount of time out on loan at Alaves.

    Nevertheless, he made his international debut at the start of the year and will now travel to Qatar alongside former United striker Edinson Cavani.

    Two other Premier League players have been included in Uruguay’s squad, namely Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez and Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.

    Other names familiar to English fans include former Liverpool stars Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates, and ex-Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

    It was thought that Pellestri could have made his United debut in their Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa on Thursday, but he was left on the bench as Erik ten Hag’s side came from behind twice to win 4-2.

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    Darwin Nunez has 13 caps for Uruguay (Photo: Getty)

    Last week, his agent claimed that Pellestri’s time at Old Trafford was coming to an end, with the player set to seek a move away in January.

    Edgardo Lasalvia told ESPN Uruguay: ‘I think with a good World Cup, as we think he is going to have, his departure [from United] is imminent.’

    Uruguay have a strong history with the World Cup, having hosted and won the inaugural finals back in 1930, triumphing again in 1950.

    In Qatar, they have been drawn in Group H against Portugal, Ghana and South Korea, with their campaign kicking-off against the latter on November 24.

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