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Manchester United's newest recruit Amad Diallo made his highly-anticipated debut in the club's emphatic 6-3 win against Liverpool U23 on Saturday afternoon - and fans think he's ready to break into the first team.
The Ivory Coast-born forward surpassed all expectations in the Premier League U23 clash and his individual highlights prove that.
It took just 13 minutes for Diallo to open his account for the club when he pounced on a sloppy touch from Liverpool centre-back Billy Koumetio.
He used his speed and power to clip the ball away from Koumetio before showcasing his composure in front of goal to slot past the helpless Marcelo Pitagula in goal.
Pressing high is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants from his forward players and Diallo showcases how rewarding that press can be here.
Amad Diallo opens the scoring against Liverpool :star: pic.twitter.com/I4gyHYirn4- utdreport Academy (@utdreportAcad) January 30, 2021
Diallo continued to give Liverpool's backline a headache throughout the first half and he continued that form in the second, providing striker Joe Hugill, who scored four goals in the game, with Manchester United's third in the 56th minute.
The 18-year-old then produced an outrageous panenka penalty to send Pitagula the wrong way; topping off a perfect debut in the famous red.
Talk about confidence from the youngster.
Amad Diallo pulls off a Panenka penalty to make it 6-2 to United :open_mouth: pic.twitter.com/LpYov3EauL- utdreport Academy (@utdreportAcad) January 30, 2021
Diallo, who joined from Serie A side Atalanta for an initial £19 million - rising to £37 million - has already impressed a number of first team stars in training, including Mason Greenwood.
In a video that went viral earlier this week, Greenwood was all but complementary about the player.
"We've got a new player Amad that's come in, he's a wonderful technical player so I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of him soon."
Mason Greenwood is impressed by Amad Diallo :star2: pic.twitter.com/skMe018FYb- ً (@DialloXtra) January 27, 2021
Manchester United manager Solskjaer has even hinted that fans could see Diallo make his United debut much earlier than expected, adding that he is a "very good character, very polite, smiley boy who works really hard."
When he was asked how Diallo was settling in at United, Solskjaer told reporters: "Very good. He can handle the ball, he has enjoyed training and makes a difference in training, which is quite remarkable at his age.
"There will need to be some adjustment to settle into the hustle and bustle of the physical part of the Premier League but I can't see it being too long until he's in the squad."
What a day for Amad Diallo- International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) January 30, 2021
-Makes his debut for Man Utd U23s against Liverpool
-Scores 14 minutes into the match
-Topped it off with this beautiful Panenka penalty
The future is bright for this 18 year old
Solskjaer has even hinted that fans could see Diallo make his United debut much earlier than expected, adding that he is a "very good character, very polite, smiley boy who works really hard."
The Norwegian explained: "It might be quicker than that [four to five weeks].
"He has definitely settled down well, the players have taken to him and he is a very good character, very polite, smiley boy who works really hard.
"He's doing his sessions, getting used to us. Of course, there's always a period of adjustment needed but he's settling in well."
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