United fans hoping Diallo can do a Martial this weekend

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out the possibility of Amad Diallo going straight into the Manchester United squad.

Diallo’s move from Atalanta was finalised this week and he has trained for the very first time with his new teammates.

Unlike Facundo Pellestri, Diallo has gone straight into the first team picture and that has raised the prospect that he could be involved in Sunday’s huge game at Anfield.

Premier League clubs are allowed nine substitutes on their bench now, which increases the chances of a wildcard like Diallo getting the nod.

Solskjaer said: “Let him have some time. But whether it is against Liverpool in the league, Liverpool in the FA Cup, this weekend, or in two or three weeks… It is questionable. 

“We have a very fresh stable, there are only one or two that are questionable for the weekend. I do not rule out that he is in the squad for the Liverpool match. 

“Things can happen. You see how fast things happen over here in England. Suddenly, a team has six players out with the corona. So you do not know. 

“I do not want to put any time on it, but he is at least in the group, trains with us and can be chosen in the squad.”

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Solskjaer’s comments have got some United fans very excited indeed.

They remember Anthony Martial’s debut against Liverpool in 2015, when he came off the bench to seal a 3-1 win at Old Trafford with a stunning solo goal.

Plenty of Red Devils fans on Twitter are dreaming of a similar scenario on Sunday.

There’s no denying that would be an incredibly sweet moment and make Diallo and instant United hero.

But the question for Solskjaer is who would miss out to allow Diallo to take a spot on the bench?

That hasn’t stopped some fans getting excited about Solskjaer’s comments and hoping Diallo is thrown straight into the fray this weekend:

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.