Diego Forlan’s advice to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about new boy Facundo Pellistri

Diego Forlan has lifted the lid on his role in securing Facundo Pellistri's move to Manchester United – and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed an exciting talent.

The Uruguayan signed for the Premier League giants on transfer deadline day, with the 18-year-old impressing in two seasons with Penarol.

Pellistri has just two goals in only 37 senior appearances, but the forward could play a role in the first-team as Solskjaer looks to bounce back from United's dreadful start to the season.

And former Old Trafford hero Forlan, who played alongside Solskjaer during his spell with the club, has admitted that he gave a glowing reference to his old teammate regarding Pellistri.

"He asked me lots of questions about Facundo and I gave him lots of answers," Forlan told the South China Morning Post.

"There was a lot of interest in the player and I could understand why. He’s very quick and goes past players easily. He was doing that even when it was not a good moment for the team.

"He likes receiving the ball in midfield and moving forward with it. Even though he was young, I put him in my team every week. He can play on the right but also the left. He’s two-footed like I was and he tries to dribble like Ryan Giggs.

"I told Ole he has a lot of potential, but he has to keep developing.

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"I told Facundo many times: 'There are not players like you in Uruguay, but if you go to Europe, which attracts the best in the world, there will be many others who are very fast – and stronger than you too. You have potential but it depends on you to improve.'

"Facundo is shy. He works hard, he trains hard, he’s professional. He speaks English and he went to a good private school. He has many attributes and I explained these to Ole."

Despite hailing the youngster as Uruguay's most exciting talent, Forlan has warned United fans to have patience.

He added: "But fans have to be patient because he’s 18 years old and has much hard work ahead of him. He’s at the start of his career.

"He needs to understand that he has done nothing yet and that he’s not a star. He’s arriving at a big club and he’s done well to get to that point, but I’ve been there. It’s hard. You need dedication, lots of hard work and some luck too.

"I told Facundo that Manchester is a good place because they don’t hurry players. They don’t rush; they will wait for him to improve. It’s a good city to be a professional too, a football city where the fans are respectful and supportive."

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