Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire will not start against Real Sociedad this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
Manchester United have one foot in the Europa League last sixteen, though the Red Devils will still have to finish the job against Real Sociedad this Thursday.
Despite being 4-0 up, you can never be too wary. A cheap red card here or one silly mistake there can cost any team. It’s up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have his players mentally prepared for this one.
Us fans think a little differently. We’d love to see new faces, namely youngsters from the academy, given an opportunity to start. Straight away my mind thought that we’d possibly see both Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire given the nod here. Sadly, that’s not going to happen.
After the win against Newcastle last night, Ole would confirm why the talented duo won’t start vs Sociedad on Thursday – and the reasoning does make sense…
Check out what Solskjaer said on Amad & Shoretire not starting in midweek here:
“Probably not Shola & Amad, no.” Solskjaer said, per Simon Peach. “I’m not sure if that would be fair on them. They’ll be in the squad. Donny, Edinson, Scott, I don’t know. Maybe they’ll be available, I’m not sure. I hope (they will be)”
The worst thing to do is put too much pressure on them early. If they struggle, it’d set them back in terms of their development and as the gaffer says, it’d be unfair to hang them out to dry.
The wise thing to do would be to give them 10-15 minutes at the end of the match to see what they can do, allowing them to play with no pressure.
It’s also easy to forget that Solskjaer has a massive squad of first-teamers that he has to keep happy. The likes of Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe and many others are all desperate for minutes. Right now, these guys need them more.
While it is disappointing, you do understand the logic behind it. After all, the pair are still so young in their footballing journeys. There’s no doubt plenty more chances coming their way in the not too distant future. For now, let’s just allow them to develop without a weight of expectations on their young shoulders.