Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out awarding new-signing Amad Diallo with a remarkable debut against arch-rivals Liverpool when the two sides clash on Sunday in the Premier League.
Diallo, 18, completed his transfer from Atalanta earlier this month after a summer agreement was held up due to work permit and passport complications, the deal was confirmed on the club’s official website.
Now safety in Manchester, Diallo, who has already been training with the Red Devils’ first-team, looks set to make his long-awaited and exciting debut this season.
However, speaking to journalist Fredrik Filtvedt of Dagbladet, Solskjaer has refused to rule out a shock debut for Diallo against Liverpool on Sunday.
United will travel to Anfield on the weekend as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table and go six-points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Ahead of the weekend’s tense match-up, when asked when fans can expect to see Diallo in competitive action, Solskjaer said: “I do not rule out that he [Diallo] is in the squad for the Liverpool match.
“Things can happen. You see how fast things happen over here in England. Suddenly, a team has six players out with the corona. So you do not know.
“I do not want to put any timeframe on it [Diallo’s debut], but he is at least in the [first-team] group, trains with us and can be selected in the squad.
“We are lucky that we aren’t struggling with injuries and we have a squad who’s fit and ready, it’s a sign that things are going well too. They [United players] bite their teeth together and overlook minor injuries so that they are ready anyway.”
Can Diallo follow in the footsteps of team-mate Anthony Martial who famously broke Liverpool hearts on his debut during a 3-1 win at Old Trafford? – Let us know in the comments.