This weekend, Manchester United face Wolverhampton Wanderers and two exciting wingers could face off.

On one side, Amad Diallo is likely to get another chance for the Red Devils. On the other, Adama Traore should make his 37th league appearance of the campaign.

That is the kind of consistency – at least in terms of games played – Diallo is striving for.

He has a long way to go, but the 18-year-old could do worse than look at this weekend’s opponent; both for inspiration and for a player to outperform in the long term.

For a while, Traore looked like being one of the most expensive wingers in Premier League history. But his form for Wolves this season has tailed off, as has that of many of his teammates. And rumours of a big-money move to a Champions League club have gone quiet as a result.

The 25-year-old will be hoping to punish United on Sunday, but Amad could well outshine a player who is seven years his senior.

Traore struggled at Aston Villa after being touted as the next big thing and needed a move to truly find his feet in English football. That hard slog and work ethic ensured that, when he did move to Wolves, he was ready to impress.

That is one of the many lessons the United winger can learn from his more experienced imminent opponent. It takes a lot of perseverance to succeed in the English top flight and reputation alone is never enough.

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Wingers are fascinating things. At their best, they can be electrifying and game-changing. But they can also disappear for large chunks of a game.

When too many tricks go wrong, some can become wallflowers. But Amad doesn’t seem the kind of player to shirk from his duties.

 

United signed him for a fee that could rise to £37.2million (BBC) and there is a reason they spent so much.

Time to outshine experience

Amad is the real deal. He could become of the best players in Europe and be far more effective in England than Troare has managed.

But the United youngster should pay close attention to Sunday’s opponent. Wingers fly and fall with alarming regularity.

Amad needs to take every opportunity that comes his way and work hard at a club that has produced some of the finest wingers to ever grace the game.

United are likely to rotate their squad with the Europa League final on the horizon. That should see Amad start.

He has impressed in his seven appearances to date. A goal in Europe and an assist in the Premier League are glimpses of his ability.

If he outshines Traore on Sunday, it will be another sign that United have unearthed a true gem. From there, the trick is to score and create consistently; something the Wolves man has never quite managed.

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