Incoming Manchester United signing Amad Diallo made his second appearance in a week on Tuesday night.
Diallo played his first Atalanta game of the season from the bench against Verona at the weekend. Last night he was a second half substitute against FC Midtjylland.
Atalanta have a few players out injured which has provided fresh chances for Diallo, who is set to complete his switch to United in January.
Last night was the 18-year-old’s Champions League debut.
Diallo came on in the 67th minute with Atalanta a goal down at home. Within nine minutes the Italians had equalised.
The youngster was lined up on the left wing and looked bright.
In 23 minutes on the pitch he had three shots, the second highest of any Atalanta player, with two on target.
His nifty footwork allowed him to create one goalscoring chance. Whenever Atalanta were able to get the ball into his feet he looked dangerous.
His three shots and one chance created came despite him being able to touch the ball just 16 times.
Diallo also won two aerial duels, which was notable considering his diminutive size.
Atalanta’s draw was disappointing considering they beat Liverpool the previous week. Now they are battling for second place in a final game showdown against Ajax in the final game.
Great experience to get
United’s hopes for Diallo are balanced between not wanting him to be played and risk injury, while also wanting him to pick up experience and get match fit and sharp.
While expectations must be realistic early on, there is an opportunity for Diallo to break into United’s first team squad in 2021 due to the lack of wing options.
Picking up a Champions League debut is fantastic experience for Diallo, and it will make him hungry to succeed at Old Trafford.
It was clear from his brief display that Diallo has a lot of talent. He is always trying to make things happen and has a real attacking instinct.
Now United just need to get his work permit tied up and finalised for the start of January.
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