Officially signed in January, Amad Diallo would burst onto the first-team scene with an inventive, yet massively important header vs AC Milan. Sadly, he’s barely kicked a ball since.
As the old saying goes, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer obviously believes in the young Ivorian to some degree, but why haven’t we seen more of Amad Diallo?
Well, a big reason as to why is because United were fighting for a Premier League title. Simply put, it would be unfair to place that weight on the shoulders of Amad, who is still adapting and adjusting to life in a new country, while learning a new footballing system at Old Trafford.
That excuse no longer works for Solskjaer. With United in the middle of a period where they’ll play four games in seven days, we’re absolutely going to see rotation within the squad; starting tonight against Leicester City.
That had us thinking about Amad in particular, so we’ve detailed a few reasons why the 18-year-old United starlet should make his first Reds start at Old Trafford this evening.
The pressure is off (somewhat)
Obviously, playing for Manchester United always brings pressure. However, United are almost guaranteed to end their season in second, with Champions League football in 2021/22 already secured.
Amad would be able to play with freedom, he’d be given the luxury of expressing himself in a relatively risk-free environment. If United lose and he doesn’t play well, it’s not *that* important. Plus, it’d be a massive learning experience for the winger as he would be given his first taste of Premier League football.
United have to rotate tonight
I look at it like this. Who would you rather lose to, Leicester City or Liverpool? If your answer is the latter then you’re in the wrong place. Our regular first-teamers played a match just 48 hours ago, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see any of those players start tonight.
Right-wing is a position where United aren’t blessed with massive depth and Diallo is the first name that comes to mind to start out there this evening – particularly with Daniel James missing with injury.
We need to see what Amad’s got before the summer transfer window
The Jadon Sancho hype is building once more, but wouldn’t Solskjaer like to see what he has in Amad before spending mega-money on the Englishman?
It would be unfair on the Ivorian, who’d immediately lose his place in the side to the Borussia Dortmund man, before even being given his opportunity to prove his worth.
Sure, I get it, Sancho can play out on the left, but do you really see Solskjaer dropping either Sancho or Marcus Rashford game-in-game-out? It won’t happen, meaning Amad would be the man who’d miss out 99% of the time.
If Amad starts and impresses over these last few games, it may mean Solskjaer can prioritise signings in other areas of the field. Centre-back and holding midfield are the other big needs.
But will Amad play, though?
Sadly, I’m not convinced he’ll be given the opportunity as Solskjaer will probably go with experience. For what it’s worth, I reckon our Baby Faced Assassin would be wrong to do that here…
Is Amad Diallo good enough to make that right-wing spot his own? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.