Erik ten Hag suggests forgotten Man Utd youngster deserves to start against Sheffield Utd


Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag may offer Amad Diallo his first Premier League start in almost three years against Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils boss hinted at giving the young winger an opportunity against the Blades.

The 21-year-old last started a game for United in December 2021 and has so far made just six appearances off the bench this season.

He notably he scored the winning goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals earlier this season though starts have still been hard for him to come by.

Amad Diallo in action during a live match

Speaking ahead Wednesday’s visit of Sheffield United, the Ten Hag stated: “Amad deserves it [to start matches], but don’t forget he had a long period in the season injured. So we rebuilt him and now he has had some opportunities and a real contribution.

“He played in a position that is not his best position. He started as a striker and then he had to play in the midfield, so he did well. We have a number of players in that area, there is big competition.

“He already deserved more game minutes, I would say, but I have to choose there. We have Alejandro Garnacho, Antony, and we have Omari Forson. We have a number of players in that position and we have to make choices there.

“But I am very happy with his performances and his progress, I see his qualities and his assets can really contribute to our game.”

Manchester United’s injury list keeps piling up as Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay all sustained knocks in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final with Coventry City.

Manchester United’s Amad Diallo

Although, Garnacho and Fernandes are expected to be fit, but there could still be room for Amad to start if Ten Hag decides not to risk prolonged injuries to two of this key players.

The Ivory Coast winger joined Man United from Atalanta in October 2020, and have made 15 appearances for the Red Devils, with just 3 starts.

He sustained a knee injury during a pre-season clash with Arsenal back in July, and has since struggled to regain full fitness since. However, in recent games, he has put in impressive performances to suggests that he looks fit and ready to play every match.

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