Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has resisted temptation to recall Amad from his loan spell at Sunderland.
Despite the manager’s relentless push for success, he is patient with his players, as he is showing by taking his time to reintroduce Jadon Sancho into the side.
Ten Hag has taken the view that Amad is better off staying put at Sunderland this season, to come back and fight for his place at Manchester United in 2023/24.
It’s likely to be a shrewd choice, given how well Amad is developing on loan at the Championship club. His performance at the weekend showed he is capable of stepping up a level.
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Amad shows Premier League quality
Amad’s Sunderland went up against Premier League top half side Fulham in the FA Cup at the weekend. Fulham started Portugal international Joao Palhinha in defensive midfield.
He was directly up against Manchester United loanee Amad, who helped Sunderland to a 1-1 draw to earn a replay.
Amad completed 88 per cent of his passes and created two goalscoring chances, also landing three shots on target. He was difficult for Fulham to contain.
In recent weeks Amad has been playing a central attacking midfield role, which could prove ideal for Manchester United, who now have varying wide options, and could do with a young alternative to back-up Bruno Fernandes next season.
ESPN pundit Don Hutchison wrote on Twitter that he ‘saw Amad rip Fulham to shreds’, praising the 20-year-old’s performance.
The Sunderland Echo wrote that Amad, ‘Consistently caused problems and got into some good areas,’ but noted that this was an afternoon where his performance just lacked a goalscoring touch.
The youngster has seven goals in the Championship this season and has allayed fears the physicality of the league may be too difficult for him. Instead his clever movement and technique is shining through.
Amad will get a second crack at Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round replay next month. And then next season in a Manchester United shirt, he will likely get the opportunity to do it in the Premier League.