Manchester United transfer decision on Amad Diallo speaks volumes

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Manchester United have reportedly opted against loaning out Amad Diallo in the wake of his arrival from Atalanta earlier in the January transfer window. The Ivory Coast international has been likened to Lionel Messi and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful he can scale huge heights at Old Trafford. And, in keeping him at the club, that speaks volumes about how highly-rated he is.

United spent the whole of the summer chasing a deal for Jadon Sancho, who had electrified the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund last season.

But, late in the day, the Red Devils opted to go after Diallo instead.

United agreed a £37million fee with Atalanta for the 18-year-old and, after winning the race for his signature, view his move as a substantial coup.

Solskjaer is willing to loan out fellow summer signing Facundo Pellistri, with the Uruguay international appearing to be leaning towards a temporary move to Spain.

But the Manchester Evening News say United have no such plans with Diallo and will instead keep him around as they eye a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

And that speaks volumes. About multiple things.

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Firstly, the talent Diallo possesses.

Solskjaer has already waxed lyrical over the teenager, admitting he was excited about his arrival and also hinting a debut wouldn’t be too far off.

“There’s some adjustment to settle into the hustle and bustle and the physical part of the Premier League,” he said.

“But I can’t see it being too long until he’s in the squad.

“It might be quicker than [four or five weeks], who knows? He’s definitely settled down well.”

United think Diallo can compete for a starting berth in their first-team right from the off, unlike Pellistri who they feel can benefit with a loan move away.


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And it also speaks volumes about Solskjaer.

When the Norwegian touched down as Jose Mourinho’s successor in December 2018, many were sceptical about whether he was the right man for the job.

But Solskjaer, as well as guiding United to the top of the table, also deserves immense credit for his handling of youth players at the club.

The 47-year-old, like his mentor Ferguson, thinks if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

That’s why he was willing to throw Mason Greenwood into the mix, offloading Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to ensure the England international’s path to the top was clear.

Solskjaer has given debuts to Brandon Williams, Ethan Laird, Teden Mengi and James Garner throughout his spell at Old Trafford, too, showing he isn’t afraid to rely on youth.

And Diallo, it seems, will benefit from that.

When he actually makes his first-team bow for United is something only time will tell.

But it speaks volumes that, less than a month into his move to England, the Red Devils aren’t thinking of loaning him out to gain experience.

Instead, it seems as though Diallo is being readied for the crunch parts of the season.

And United will need everybody on hand if they’re to win the title again, having watched Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea all scoop the prize in recent years.

Diallo is targeting Premier League title glory with United, saying earlier in January: “I’m a little bit too anxious to say this given it’s just the start [of my time here] but my dream is to win the Premier League and the Champions League with Manchester United.

“That is my aim and goal.”

He also showed a touch of class by thanking Atalanta, adding: “I’ll always be grateful to Atalanta, they’re fantastic people starting from the coach to the president of the club.

“They have always supported me and have always been there for me, so huge thanks to them of course and it’s thanks to them that I am here now.”

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