'When I realised Paul was here, I didn't think twice'
Young United winger Amad admits he idolised Paul Pogba as a youngster, and that the Frenchman's presence at the club convinced him to join from Atalanta.
The Ivory Coast international agreed to sign for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side last summer, and completed his move in January.
He has appeared eight times for United's first team in his first few months in M16, and scored his maiden goal for the club within minutes of entering the pitch as a substitute against AC Milan in the Europa League.
In a new interview, the nimble, diminutive playmaker says Pogba has been an influence since he was a young boy, when he met the then Juventus midfielder while on trial with La Vecchia Signora.
“I met him when I was a kid at that trial at Juventus,” explained Amad. “After the session, they asked me who I would like to have a photo with, and I asked for Paul. He was my idol!
“Then, when I received the bid from United and I realised that Paul was here, I didn’t have to think twice and I wanted to come here straight away.
“To be playing with him five years later is incredible,” Amad continued. “I could not possibly ever imagine it happening. But these things happen once in a lifetime and, when such occasions come along, you have to seize them.
“To play with Paul five years later is unbelievable, and hard to describe, really.
ALLAH LO☝🏾 pic.twitter.com/2UQQutLhX4— Amad🇨🇮 (@Amaddiallo_19) June 5, 2021
Amad hit another personal milestone recently while on duty with Ivory Coast, when netting a memorable free-kick winner against Burkina Faso in a World Cup qualifier.
That first United goal, against the Rossoneri, made him the club's youngest ever non-European goalscorer in European competition.
And another encouraging display in the Reds' final Premier League game of the season – a 2-1 win against Wolves at Molineux – has left fans excited about the contribution the 18-year-old could make at Old Trafford next term.