Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick believes Amad has developed his “end product” in the time the former Reds midfielder left his role as Manchester United’s assistant manager.
The young Ivorian scored Sunderland’s second in the Black Cats’ 2-0 win against Carrick’s Boro at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
The 20-year-old missed a great chance to open the scoring in the ninth minute after Boro goalkeeper Zack Steffen inadvertently passed the ball out to him, but the former Atalanta wonderkid’s shot just missed the far bottom corner.
But the four-time Ivory Coast international got himself on the scoresheet in the 81st minute and scored Tony Mowbray side’s second with a clinical finish after skipping past Boro midfielder Hayden Hackney with a neat piece of skill.
Michael Carrick explains how Amad’s game has developed since he coached him at Manchester United
United and Sunderland’s number 16 has took his goalscoring tally to seven goals in 14 Championship starts and he’s already surpassed his previous best goalscoring campaign.
Carrick worked alongside Amad at Old Trafford following the forward’s move from Atalanta in October 2020 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge of the Red Devils.
After completing his move to the twenty-time league champions, Amad stayed with Atalanta until January 2021 before arriving at Carrington.
Carrick coached Amad for 11 months before stepping down as United’s assistant following the arrival of the club’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Speaking after yesterday’s defeat to Sunderland, Carrick was full of praise for the Manchester United loanee and he pinpointed where he believes the young forward has developed his game in the time he stopped coaching the talented left-footer.
Speaking via The Northern Echo, Carrick said: “He’s really talented Amad, good in tight spaces and does what he does with the ball.
“From the goal, that’s what he brings and I think that’s what he’s maybe brought a bit more is his end product from when I knew him when he was a little bit younger a couple of years ago. He’s doing really well.”
Amad has one goal in nine appearances for the Red Devils first team, with his solitary strike coming via his head against AC Milan in the Europa League in March 2021.
Having come on at half-time to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in Erik ten Hag’s first match at Old Trafford, Amad scored in United’s pre-season friendly against La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.