Amad Diallo may be pipped to Man Utd debut by fellow U23 star after recent form

Manchester United newbie Amad Diallo may be pipped to his debut by fellow youngster Joe Hugill after the striker’s hot run of form.

Diallo, who arrived at United last month from Atalanta after agreeing a move last summer, scored twice in his debut for the U23’s last week.

However, the Ivorian was outshone by 17-year-old striker Hugill, who bagged four times in the 6-3 win over Liverpool’s youth side.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that with Diallo still settling in to life in England, it was perhaps more likely that Hugill would get the nod to face Everton this weekend.

"We're going to give him the time to settle in," said Solskjaer when asked about Diallo.

"If we go from that game [against Liverpool], I'd pick Joe Hugill.

"Four goals by Hugill, he's a top striker as well, we're looking forward to seeing his development.

"Amad gets a good start and why Joe didn't take the penalty himself to get five goals? I'm going to ask him.”

Solskjaer did not rule out the possibility of Diallo being included in the squad to face Everton though, with a number of factors at play in football at present.

"We will make a decision on Amad in the week [on] what he does at the weekend – if he’s in our squad," Solskjaer went on.

"It depends on many factors, if we have injuries or Covid. You never know, but he might be playing on Friday, yeah. I will make a decision on Thursday."

United take on Southampton this evening, and could draw level on points with leader Manchester City with a win on the south coast.

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