Manchester United loanee Amad is finding his feet on loan at Sunderland, whose season has halted for the World Cup break.

The Ivory Coast did not make it to Qatar so Amad did not have the prospect of playing at the tournament for the first time in his career.

Instead, he has been with the Black Cats in Dubai as they got some warm weather training in during the break before returning to Championship action.

Yesterday, Tony Mowbray’s men played Al-Shabab in their final game before heading home from their training camp.

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Amad scores for Sunderland in Dubai

Mowbray played a separate starting XI across both halves to get his players as much football as possible, especially those coming back from injury.

Amad played in the first half, and netted the only goal of the game halfway through it, to seal a 1-0 win in a game that then bubbled over.

In the second half, there were some tetchy moments and then a brawl with 13 minutes remaining after a tasty challenge.

The game eventually finished in more serene circumstances and Amad could reflect on a job well done as he prepares to return to competitive action.

Before the break, Amad had three goals and an assist to show for his last five Championship games and will be looking to keep that form going.

Sunderland’s campaign gets back underway on Saturday 3 December, when they host Millwall at the Stadium of Light.

That is earlier than United will be back in action, when they play Burnley in the EFL Cup on Wednesday 21 December.

That game against Vincent Kompany’s men may be one to be wary of as they will have been back playing for a few weeks by then, and could be more match-fit, but obviously United should win.

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