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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated that the signing of Amad Diallo in January is not far from a long-awaited debut, after running training well since his arrival from Atalanta, which puts him on a path. ‘ different ‘from his teenage colleague Facundo Pellistri.
Diallo, 18, had made just a handful of senior appearances for Atalanta before his £ 38.5 million transfer to Old Trafford, but he’s incredibly highly rated and is now giving Solskjaer every reason to throw him into the mix more. sooner rather than later. .
United’s caution not to ask for new talents too soon means that Pellistri is still awaiting his first-team greeting since he joined in October. That debut could have come in the FA Cup third round against Watford if a positive coronavirus test didn’t rule it out.
Although he was named twice to the first team bench, the Uruguayan has only had a chance to impress with the U-23 squad, but it has been pointed out that he may have already surpassed that level.
Earlier this week there was talk of a possible loan for Pellistri to get the senior playing time he needs, with Celta de Vigo and Lyon among the possible destinations. It has been said that United would be wary of sending him to the Championship due to the particularly physical nature of the league.
“There have been conversations, there have been quite a few clubs interested in Facundo going out on loan. Perhaps that is something we will allow you to do now. He has had a few games in reserves. We want him to have regular football, of course, at a higher level ”, confirmed Solskjaer, via ManUtd.com.
But fans may be able to hope to see Diallo sooner. As soon as the youngster started training this month, Solskjaer answered questions about a possible debut and hinted that it could be in a few weeks.
Since then, the United manager has had no reason to change his mind.
“With Amad, I think it’s a different scenario [to Pellistri], he just came in and he’s going through a good training regimen, training program, and he’s doing really well. I think it won’t be long before I can bring him into the team, ”Solskjaer said.
Knowing that Diallo is about to be called up, United fans will search the calendar for upcoming games that could present an opportunity for him to make his debut.
This week’s clash with Sheffield United could come too soon, but the final 32 Europa League games against Real Sociedad on February 18 and 25 could offer that opportunity.
Although his card is not available in FIFA Ultimate Team, Diallo has been added to the United team in other FIFA 21 game modes and is rated 64.
His best attributes are pace (78) and dribbling (72), which is to be expected as a winger. He’s left-handed, but has a four-star weak foot rating, which means he’s pretty good on the right. The young man also has a three-star skill rating.
Career mode players will see Diallo become a star in the future, with 84 overall potential.