Rangnick tells Amad he's not in this season's plans and to pursue loan move
Ralf Rangnick has reportedly told Manchester United youngster Amad that he doesn’t feature in this season’s plans and the club will seek a loan move in January.
The Ivorian wonderkid started the Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys last month when Rangnick rung the changes and gave several of the club’s youngsters a taste of European action.
Aside from that, the 19-year-old has only been named on the Premier League bench once and that came against Arsenal in Michael Carrick’s last game in charge, following his caretaker spell.
According to journalist Jonathan Shrager, the talented winger looks set to leave the club on loan in the winter transfer window, following a conversation with the German coach.
The former Atalanta man was unlucky to miss out on a loan move to Feyenoord at the end of the summer transfer window.
A deal was agreed with the Eredivisie giants before it fell through before the deadline after the Ivory Coast international suffered an injury in training.
It remains to be seen whether Feyenoord will reignite their interest in Amad this month and their manager Arne Slot played dumb last month when asked the question in a press conference.
Although Amad continues to shine and seemingly be on the winning side in every training session, the youngster needs game time at senior level to develop his burgeoning potential.
His omission from Ivory Coast’s African Cup of Nations squad will only make negotiating a loan move easier, but United will want Amad at a club where he is guaranteed to play, in a side that plays an attractive style of football.
With six goals and four assists from five under-23 matches, Amad has already outgrown academy football and he has shown that he needs to frequently test himself at senior level.
However, if a loan move isn’t agreed before 10 January, Amad could drop down to under-23 level when Neil Wood’s side return to action after a winter break against Tottenham, to get some much-needed game time.
The senior side are in action on the same night against Aston Villa, but it’s highly unlikely that Amad will form part of the matchday squad.
Rangnick’s decision to let Amad leave shows how highly he rates Anthony Elanga, who has been involved in every matchday squad since the German was appointed as interim boss.
A loan move for Amad is the right decision and the club will no doubt be working on finding the best possible destination for one of our brightest prospects.
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