Man Utd winger's agent slams Erik ten Hag after loan exit

  • Facundo Pellistri joined Granada on loan from Man Utd
  • Winger played under 400 minutes during first half of the season
  • Agent lashed out at Ten Hag after completing the move

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The agent of Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has lashed out at Erik ten Hag after the 22-year-old completed a loan move away from Old Trafford.

Pellistri played just 280 minutes across the entirety of last season and managed 366 minutes in all competitions during the first half of this campaign, having found himself rooted to the bottom of Ten Hag's pecking order.

He travelled to the FA Cup clash with Newport County last week but remained an unused substitute, with Ten Hag opting to bring 19-year-old academy talent Omari Forson off the bench instead.

In search of regular minutes, Pellistri has now joined Granada and his agent has confessed a return to United may be unlikely if Ten Hag remains in charge.

"Whether he returns to Manchester in the middle of the year will depend on the performance he shows," agent Edgardo Lasalvia told Sport890. "If Ten Hag continues, it's going to be difficult. Ten Hag hasn't used him, valued him, or treated him like a professional."

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Pellistri joined United in 2020 for around £9m but has struggled horribly for minutes ever since. After spending the first half of the 2020/21 season with the academy, he joined Alaves on loan and made 12 appearances for a total of 539 minutes.

A deal was struck for Pellistri to return to Alaves on loan for 2021/22 but he would play just 663 minutes across 21 La Liga appearances, alongside two substitute appearances in the Copa del Rey.

Having spent the last 18 months on the fringes of Ten Hag's squad, it means Pellistri has played just 1,936 minutes of senior football since his move to United four years ago. For comparison, three United players have exceeded that total already this season - Andre Onana, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot.

Pellistri's United contract is due to expire in 2025, with the club also holding the option to extend by a further season.