Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo marked his debut for the club’s Under-23 team with a brace against Liverpool in a Premier League 2 game, inspiring his new side to a 6-3 victory by scoring an extremely cheeky Panenka penalty.
Diallo only needed 14 minutes to open the scoring, dispossessing a Liverpool defender to face the goalkeeper before converting a cool finish with his left foot.
United took a 2-0 lead thanks to Joe Hugill. But after Liverpool brought him down to 2-2, Hugill scored three more unanswered goals to give United a 5-2 advantage. When they received a penalty, Diallo confidently stepped up, preparing to smash the ball and instead delicately send it home.
Liverpool pulled out one more in the final stages, but United were too far ahead. Diallo, meanwhile, could hardly have asked for a better first outing in the colors of his new club.
The former Atalanta talent first agreed to a £ 38.5million transfer to Old Trafford in October and completed it in January when his documents were filed and his work permit granted.
Diallo has received rave reviews from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who on more than one occasion has hinted that it will only be a matter of time before a chance for the first team presents itself.
The player is already training with the senior squad and has impressed so far, making it impossible for Solskjaer to ignore him. With the brace against Liverpool under his belt and the confident nature of his second goal, the likelihood of a first-team debut sooner or later is even higher.
United are set to face Southampton at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, ahead of upcoming games against Everton, West Ham (FA Cup) and West Brom. They will play Real Sociedad in the Europa League on February 18 and you would no longer rule out Diallo potentially being involved in one of those matches over the next three weeks as he quickly gets into contention.
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