It says something about the excitement to potentially see Amad Diallo that there would have been a mini-meltdown on social media if United won heavily and the youngster did not get his debut.

With United 3-0 up, Diallo came on in the 83rd minute to show what he could do.

For a moment it looked like he was going to score. Dan James raced down the right-hand side and if he crossed the ball, Diallo would just have had a tap-in. Instead James shot into the back of the net.

Diallo had seven touches in total, and three successful dribbles. Only Scott McTominay (4) had more take-ons. This alone showed what Diallo is all about. He’s brave on the ball and wants to make things happen.

Real Sociedad v Manchester United  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One
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Second leg chance?

A 4-0 advantage to take back to Old Trafford is the perfect scenario. It enables United to rotate next week. Diallo could be one of the beneficiaries.

 

It is the ideal scenario for Diallo to make his first start and potentially play all 90 minutes. Sociedad are a strong side but United’s advantage should be an insurmountable one.

Diallo very briefly gave United supporters what we wanted to see, a glimpse of his potential.

In two full games for the under-23s he has three goals and three assists, showing he is ready for the step up. It’s here now.

Shola Shoretire, an unused substitute, has a chance to make his debut in the next game, at least from the bench.

Real Sociedad v Manchester United  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One
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Positive reaction

Diallo’s brief display didn’t disappoint. He showed enough for fans to be excited. Here’s a look at some of the reaction..

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