• Joe Bleasdale


18-year-old winger Amad Diallo has secured a move to Old Trafford in a four-year deal worth up to £37 million including add-ons.

The Ivorian teenager has been hailed as a generational talent amongst eagle eyed scouts, however a large number of fans may have never heard of him.

Diallo joins the Red Devils with high ambitions for his time at the club, stating in his first official interview:

“I’m a little bit anxious to say this, given it’s just the start, but my dream is to win the Premier League and the Champions League with Manchester United. That is my goal.”

“I’m over the moon to be here. I’m so excited to start here at Manchester United, it’s a dream come true!”

His new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has also been quick to praise the youngster by saying he is “very mature in his decision-making” and “he’s got special abilities of course”.

That being said, the young prospect only played a role in five senior games for his old Bergamo based side, amounting to only 59 minutes of first team football.

So what is fuelling the excitement and expectation of such a young signing?

The main talking point of Diallo’s game would be his adaptability, with the youngster’s ability to play anywhere across an attacking front three.

From his time playing in Atalanta’s U17, U19, Primavera and first team sides he has amassed 62 goal contributions from 98 games.

He is brilliant with both feet and is unphased by the idea of cutting inside in an attempt to beat defenders with his impressive skills.

Manchester City were on the receiving end of a superb performance from the youngster when they took on Atalanta in the UEFA Youth League, Diallo securing the victory for his side with a brilliant goal and an assist.

Manchester United fans will certainly be dreaming of similar scenes in the future when their side’s clash in the infamous Manchester derby.

Where will Diallo play for Manchester United?

With the young signings attacking variety, it’s likely for Diallo to play on the right side of attack which will allow him to cut in onto his left foot using his fantastic technical ability.

Fans have been quick to mention that pressure should not be mounted on the future star as has been done with young talents in the past.

United’s manager had this to say on the clubs website about where and when he thinks Diallo will be ready for first team action:

“I think he’s comfortable in many positions. Right wing is probably the position he’s played the most, with his left foot coming inside, he can play different positions for us”

“We need to give him match time – first team or Under-23s, we’re not going to be able to say now. Let’s see how he takes to it. You’ve got kids who just come in and tell us as staff that they’re ready for the difficult games."

It’s clear through listening to Solskjaer that the club is keen to keep expectations of the teenager at a sensible level, however if he impresses then it seems he will definitely be given a chance.

With Manchester United sitting top of the table, with three points over reigning champions Liverpool, competition for places is the highest it’s been for a very long time in the red side of Manchester.

Diallo is surrounded by young attacking talent such as; Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood who have all touched base and praised their new teammate publicly.

The young winger will claim the number 19 shirt previously worn by Rashford, who was recently awarded an MBE in recognition of his services for vulnerable children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only time will tell as to how Diallo will develop throughout his time in Manchester, however the automatic expectations placed upon him will undoubtedly drive him to want to impress early on.

He must be patient, willing to learn and most of all, when the opportunity comes, grab it with both hands - he’s definitely one to not take your eyes off.