Amad Diallo took part in his first training sessions for Manchester United at the end of last week.
While there were hopes he could get thrown in at Anfield as a late substitute, these always seemed a bit overly optimistic. Diallo did not make the bench.
Although he may have to earn his chances via the under-23s first similarly to Facundo Pellistri, it does sound like Diallo is making a strong early impression.
Solskjaer told the club website: “
Amad has looked really comfortable and he’s settled in really well in training.
It shows how technically adept he is and, of course, we’ll give him time to settle and adjust, but hopefully we can see him on the pitch in not too long. He’s definitely done well in training.“
United still need more quality from wide areas to unlock attack
Solskjaer’s comments are welcoming after another unimpressive attacking performance from United.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani all failed to register a shot on target in the draw with Liverpool.
It should not be lost that United’s best two chances came from wide areas. Luke Shaw’s cross set up Bruno Fernandes, while a foray forward from Aaron Wan-Bissaka led to Paul Pogba’s late chance.
This second half contribution from United’s full-backs was welcome, and a sign that attacking from wide positions can be productive.
For all Anthony Martial’s effort (six completed dribbles), he failed to create a chance, while Paul Pogba’s passing let him down from a wide role.
It served to emphasise what most United fans have known for a few seasons now… this team needs wingers.
Diallo can be part of the solution
Solskjaer’s early comments about Diallo are encouraging. United need the youngster to come in and provide a fresh option.
The Ivorian’s early impression gives hope that his stint with the under-23s may be a one or two match spell, as opposed to a three-month stretch like Pellistri has so far endured.
United could decide to make a late transfer market play to bring in a winger who can contribute now. But it seems pretty unlikely, with the club yet to give any indication they plan to make any signings whatsoever this month.
So it will be down to young guns Diallo and Pellistri to try and provide alternatives out wide between now and the end of the season, or United simply continue putting square pegs into round holes like Pogba at the weekend.
Preferably, Diallo will be able to step up. Solskjaer’s early comments suggest United have a gem on our hands who is going to be used sooner rather than later.
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