Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was both cautious and keen with Amad after his arrival at the club in 2021.
Many supporters wanted to see Amad play even more regularly than he did.
He ended up accumulating more than 200 minutes though, which was more than the 35 he was given for Atalanta in the first half of the campaign.
When you consider how Facundo Pellistri did not get a single minute and was sent out on loan, Solskjaer’s showed enough faith in Amad to be encouraged.
Amad seized every single opportunity he had, and has continued to do so at international level, netting an impressive free-kick this past week.
Below is an overview of Amad’s remarkable early career record of making an impact in limited chances.
Amad’s fantastic career start
- Amad scored on his Atalanta debut
Amad made an instant impression scoring in a 7-1 win for Atalanta on his Serie A debut in 2019.
- Too good for United under-23s
In three games for Manchester United under-23s, Amad scored three goals and provided four assists.
- Europa League star
Amad scored in his third ever Europa League game, netting an opening goal against AC Milan.
- Premier League impact
Amad provided an assist on his first ever Premier League start, setting Mason Greenwood up for a goal against Leicester.
- International hero
On just his second international appearance, Amad scored a matchwinning free-kick for Ivory Coast against Burkina Faso.
Amad can be a star next season
This all makes us wonder what Amad can do with a whole season of football.
He clearly won’t get regular starts at United, not just yet, but he should get enough playing time to work with.
Even if Jadon Sancho signs, Amad should be on the bench every single game next season.
He should be aiming for around 20 starts in all competitions for the first team next season. This past year he had two.
United may need to rotate often in attack especially if Marcus Rashford has to undergo an operation.
Give Amad 20 starts and it will be exciting to see what he can do, especially considering what he has managed to accomplish in his limited opportunities to date for club and country.
From there, he can build to become a more regular starter in 2022/23. Next season is an important stepping stone campaign.
If United give him room to succeed this coming season then he can develop into the player he can become.
We don’t want the conversation to turn to Amad not being given enough chances this time next summer.
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