Amad Diallo

Can we expect to see Amad Diallo play soon?

Tuesday 19 January 2021 13:33

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United fans may have an opportunity to see new signing Amad Diallo play for the first team in the coming weeks.

The winger, whose transfer from Atalanta was initially agreed in October, finalised his move last week and has since started training with his new team-mates.

Diallo has only previously played five senior matches and wasn’t involved with our Under-23s during Monday’s loss against Leicester City.

But, speaking during Tuesday’s pre-match press conference ahead of our trip to Fulham, the boss was questioned about how our new no.19 has settled in - and he provided a positive answer.

Watch Ole's pre-Fulham press conference Video

Watch Ole's pre-Fulham press conference

The boss was asked about Fernandes, Diallo and the latest team news ahead of Wednesday's game...

“Very good,” Ole said. “He can handle the ball. He’s enjoyed training and makes a difference in training, which is quite remarkable at his age.

“[He’ll need] some adjustment to settle into the hustle and bustle of the physical part of the Premier League. I can’t see it being too long until he’s in the squad.”
The boss was pushed again, when answering questions via video link, about whether Diallo could play some minutes in the next four or five weeks, with fixtures coming thick and fast in the Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and Europa League.

“It might be quicker than that, who knows?” Solskjaer responded. “He’s definitely settled down well. The players have taken to him and he’s a very good character.

“[He's] a very good, smily boy who works really hard. He’s doing his sessions and getting used to us, of course. There’s always a period of adjustment needed, but he’s settled in well.”