Amad grateful to United colleagues

Thursday 04 January 2024 11:59

Amad is grateful for the support of his Manchester United team-mates after making his eagerly awaited return from injury against Nottingham Forest.

The 21-year-old spent last season enjoying a fabulous loan spell at Sunderland and was involved during our pre-season tour in the USA until a knee injury cut short his progress.

After working hard on his recovery, Amad made his first appearance for the club since the UEFA Champions League tie with Young Boys in December 2021, when coming off the bench in the second half at The City Ground last Saturday.

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Amad expressed his joy at being able to return to the pitch at the weekend, and will hope to be involved when United take on Wigan Athletic in our first game of 2024.

The Emirates FA Cup third-round tie takes place on Monday 8 January, at the DW Stadium, as we look to begin the year with a victory on the road. 

"I can come back stronger," Amad told club media in an exclusive interview. "Come back with more motivation to help the team because we need to win every game. United need to win every game. We are a big, big team so everyone needs to fight for the team. So I come back stronger, ready and motivated.

"My programme was to come in every morning to have treatment and, after that, to go to the gym to make the work on my upper body and legs. That's what my plan was for when I was injured.

"Lisandro Martinez helped me a lot because he was injured also. Every time, when we are at training, he spoke with me and said: 'It's nothing, Amad. Keep training hard'. Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro also. They are good leaders. Everyone helped a lot. The physios helped me a lot. So now, thanks God, I am back with the team. I am very happy.

Amad tried to get involved on his return to action, at Nottingham Forest.

“I had one month out with the physio to train alone and, after that, on 1 December, I go with the team and do team training," he recalled. "That’s why I was so happy to come back to the team after my injury."

Amad admits it is not easy to only be a spectator when on the sidelines but was keen to support the side in his absence.

"Yeah, sometimes it’s hard," he accepted. "Sometimes it’s okay because you need to be positive. You know, you need to be positive every day. You need to say I am injured so I need to support the team and everyone.

"Everyone does deserve to play, you know, but I was concentrating, to come back quickly to the team and to help the team. So it’s difficult when you watch the game and you are not there but you need to be positive to hope you get the win that day."