Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated that signing Amad Diallo in January was not far from making his highly anticipated debut, having trained well in training since joining Atalanta, putting him on a “different” path from his teenage comrade Facundo Pellistri.
18-year-old Diallo had only made a handful of senior appearances for Atalanta before his £ 38.5million move to Old Trafford, but he is incredibly highly rated and now gives Solskjaer every reason to have him. throw into the mixture as soon as possible. .
United’s caution in not asking their new talents too early means Pellistri has still been waiting for his first-team arc since joining in October. That debut could have taken place in the FA Cup third round against Watford if a positive coronavirus test had not ruled it out.
Despite being named twice to the first-team bench, the Uruguayan only had the chance to impress with the Under-23 team, but it was noted that he may have already exceeded this level.
There was talk earlier this week of a possible loan for Pellistri to get the senior playing time he needs, with Celta Vigo and Lyon among the potential destinations. United have been said to be reluctant to send him to the Championship due to the particularly physical nature of the league.
“There were discussions, there were a lot of clubs interested in Facundo to go on loan. Maybe that’s something we’ll let him do now. He played a few games on the reserves. We want him to have consistent football, of course, at a higher level, ”Solskjaer confirmed, via ManUtd.com.
But fans can perhaps expect to see Diallo sooner. As soon as the youngster started training this month, Solskjaer answered questions about a possible debut and hinted it could be done in a few weeks.
The United boss has had no reason to change his mind since.
“With Amad, I think it’s a different scenario [to Pellistri], he’s just come in and he’s on a good training program, a training program, and he’s doing great. It won’t be too long, I think, before I can get him into the squad, ”Solskjaer said.
Knowing that Diallo is set to be called up, United fans will be scanning the schedule to try and look for upcoming games that could present him with an opportunity to make his debut.
This week’s clash with Sheffield United could come too soon, but the last 32 Europa League games against Real Sociedad on February 18 and 25 could offer that chance.
Although his card is not available in FIFA Ultimate Team, Diallo has been added to Team United on other FIFA 21 game modes and is rated at 64.
His best attributes are pace (78) and dribbling (72), which is to be expected as a winger. He’s got his left foot but his has a low four star foot rating meaning he’s pretty skilled with his right. The youngster also has a skills rating of three stars.
Career mode players will see Diallo become a star in the future, with 84 for overall potential.
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