Man Utd: Solskjaer says team have 'no excuses' in City game
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to give Amad Diallo some first-team action right away because it feels it would be a ‘waste of time’ keeping him out of the spotlight. The 18-year-old is set to be the club’s first signing of the January transfer window. And he’s been likened to Lionel Messi as a result of his electric displays at youth level.
Manchester United announced back in the summer they’d agreed to pay a £37million fee to land Diallo from Atalanta.
And though the Serie A giants have admitted they’re keen to keep him on loan, that’s unlikely to happen.
Diallo has jetted to England ahead of his switch to Old Trafford and Solskjaer is excited about having the teenager on board.
And The Sun say the Norwegian feels it would be a waste of time to keep the Ivory Coast winger out of the spotlight.
United have given youth a chance ever since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in 2018.
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The Norwegian hasn’t been afraid to turn to the academy, giving debuts to the likes of Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and James Garner throughout his spell.
Greenwood and Williams have become semi-regular fixtures in the team, while Garner is currently out on loan at Watford.
United opted to keep Facundo Pellistri with the Under-18s after the Uruguayan winger joined on transfer deadline day.
But they seem like they’ll do the opposite with Diallo, who has drawn comparisons with Barcelona captain Messi due to his style of play.
Solskjaer recently purred over Diallo, saying: “Amad we’ve had all the paperwork, or we’re waiting for all the paperwork.
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“I can’t see any obstacles really. Hopefully within not too long he’ll be with us.
“I’m very excited about bringing him in. I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.
“Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.“
Ex-Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli recently opened up on Diallo and his brother Hamed Junior, saying the pair stood out at youth level.
“Their quality was incredible. They trained with the guys born in 1999,” he said.
“Hamed Junior was born in 2000 and his brother Amad was born in 2002. Despite that, there was a huge gap between them and the others.
“Amad was tremendous. Great technical skills, outstanding personality. The way they touched the ball was different, they did nutmegs and all that. They were on another level.”
He then added “I knew they [Man Utd] had been scouting him for over a year.
“I know a scout of Manchester United very well as we usually meet at games. He used to tell me that the club sent him several times to watch the player.”
Diallo could be United’s only signing of the January transfer window, though the club are hopeful of landing Moises Caicedo as well.
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