Despite working alongside the talented youngster at Manchester United, Michael Carrick couldn’t stop Amad from scoring against his Middlesbrough side.
The 20-year-old, who is spending the 2022-23 campaign on loan at Sunderland, scored the Black Cats second as Tony Mowbray’s side beat Carrick’s Boro 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Having missed a glorious chance in the first half, the four-time Ivory Coast international showcased his dazzling footwork before smashing the ball into the near post to score his seventh goal of the season in the 81st minute.
The former Atalanta wonderkid has seven goals from 13 starts in the Championship, and alongside his two assists in all competitions, the Ivorian’s nine goal involvements this season is more than he’s managed for any other club he has played for at senior level.
Amad reacts to reuniting with and scoring against former Manchester United assistant manager Michael Carrick
Sunderland and United’s number 16 is thriving during his spell up north, and the talented left footer will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form for the remainder of the campaign before returning to Old Trafford and competing for minutes in Erik ten Hag’s first team.
Carrick worked with Amad for 11 months, following his arrival from Atalanta, before stepping down from his position as the club’s assistant manager following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager after he had a three-game spell as United’s caretaker manager.
Amad was an unused substitute in two of the three games Carrick took charge of against Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Amad has made nine first team appearances for the Red Devils and eight of those came when Carrick was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant.
His last competitive appearance for the twenty-time league champions was his only outing under Rangnick, before heading out on loan to Rangers, which came in the Champions League against Young Boys in December 2021.
Carrick praised Amad before and after the clash between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and the in-form forward seemingly relished reuniting with his former coach.
Amad shared a picture on his Instagram story of the pair embracing after Sunday’s clash on Wearside.