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Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri to stay at Manchester United

Manchester United duo Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri are set to stay at Old Trafford in January, despite interest from multiple clubs.

According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Seth, the attacking pair will remain at Man United in the winter transfer window. 

There have been loan offers for the duo, but the Red Devils do not think that a move to any of those clubs will be beneficial to their development as footballers.

Both players have found game time hard to come by this season. 

Elanga has made 19 appearances for United under Erik ten Hag, but most of those have come as a late substitute. 

Pellistri has barely seen any first-team action, featuring twice all season.

Erik ten Hag lacks attacking resources at his disposal

Everton were interested in signing Elanga for the remainder of the campaign. However, the uncertain environment at Goodison Park has stopped United from sanctioning his departure.

Amid the striker crisis, Ten Hag has utilised Elanga as a centre-forward. United have signed Wout Weghorst on loan this month which could allow Elanga to leave. 

The 20-year-old has provided just two assists and is yet to find the back of the net.

In his defence, he has not been given enough time to develop his game. He is unsure of his best position, which is never a good sign for a young player. 

A loan move for the Swede does make sense if it is the right one to aid his development.

Pellistri had to wait for two years to make his senior United debut which finally came against Charlton Athletic earlier this month. 

He impressed everyone in his short cameo which he capped off with an assist.

He featured for the second time against Nottingham Forest in the last few minutes of the game. 

The 21-year-old tried to play a poor back pass which gave away ball possession but he showed attacking impetus by creating a goalscoring chance for Weghorst.

With Antony yet to show consistency at the right-wing position, it would be better to keep Pellistri in the squad rather than loaning him out. 

The Uruguayan possesses dribbling ability and skills to skip past defenders. 

Ten Hag could use him more regularly as a late substitute to create an impact from the bench.

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