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Interest growing in Manchester United forward as club “confident” of Newcastle signing



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Interest is reportedly growing in Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri as he struggles for game time under Erik ten Hag.

Facundo Pellistri signed for Manchester United for a fee of just over £7 million from Uruguayan side Peñarol, with the player initially playing for the U21s before being shipped on loan to La Liga side Alaves for 18 months.

Pellistri made his competitive debut for United under Erik ten Hag on 10 January 2023, coming on as a substitute and assisting the second goal in a 3–0 Carabao Cup victory over Charlton Athletic, but has struggled for game time in the last year.

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With Marcus Rashford, Antony, and Alejandro Garnacho all ahead of Pellistri as well as the return of Amad Diallo to first-team football, a pathway into the XI currently seems long-winded, and a “whole host of clubs” are interested in taking the young winger on loan, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile, it is also said that the club are now “confident” that they will be able to snatch Dan Ashworth from his current role as sporting director at Newcastle United.

This is according to Craig Hope from the Daily Mail, who explains that the “increased chat” among those in football circles suggests that United will get their man as part of INEOS’ radical changes to the upstairs staff at Old Trafford.

It is said that Ashworth will have “more control” at United than in his current position at St James’ Park.

INEOS are looking to bring Ashworth in as part of their revamp of United’s scouting and footballing department, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe eager to reset the culture at Old Trafford and rebuild the club back to it’s former glories.