Amad Diallo looks like a superstar in the making, showing flashes of brilliance in his very brief Manchester United career to date.
Against Leicester he was given little to work with, just 33 touches during his 78 minutes, and he made the most of it.
Amad managed to provide an assist, setting up Mason Greenwood for his equalising goal.
Receiving the ball in a congested final third, Amad was able to show poise and alertness to pick Greenwood out in space just outside the penalty area, making the right decision, as opposed to choosing to take a player on himself on this occasion.
For Michael Owen, this wasn’t good enough. Ignoring the circumstances of Amad’s league debut, the former United striker chose to dismiss the teenager’s contribution, citing the assist as an irrelevant statistic.
Owen’s opinion was unfairly dismissive of a teenager who should be proud of his contribution in his first ever Premier League start.
Amad has had a productive start at United so far, scoring from the bench in the Europa League.
In 174 minutes of game time Amad has one goal and one assist, that’s not bad at all for the youngster.
In three games for United’s under-23 team, he also has four goals and three assists.
A night of terrible takes
To be fair to Owen, there were a number of terrible takes on social media last night, many from bleating Liverpool fans about United’s weakened XI.
West Ham were also affected, and former Hammer Trevor Sinclair put out the worst opinion of the night when he claimed United should be deducted points for fielding a rotated team.
Sinclair’s comments barely dignify a response, they are so misinformed, failing to take into account United being forced to play four games in a eight day period.
The team on show last night featured internationals like David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek, and only lost to a set piece in the second half.
It’s quite amusing seeing the meltdown from the media and rival fans, suggesting Solskjaer should put his players at risk from injury and field a full strength team throughout this demanding set of fixtures.
As far as terrible opinions go, you won’t find many worse than Sinclair’s.
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