Amad Diallo only has a few appearances to his name since his move from Atalanta to the club earlier this year but is rated highly among fans. The youngster impressed in cameos last season and is set to be involved in pre-season preparations this summer.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last 12 months, earning himself a big-money move to Manchester United after stellar form for Atalanta’s youth sides.
The Ivory Coast international was predominantly used as a right-sided forward in his time in Italy and has identified that position as his favourite.
“I play here like I played in Italy,” Amad told UTD Unscripted. “Obviously, coaches set up teams in different ways but playing wide-right here, having freedom, having to attack and defend.
“I see myself more as a wide-right player, but I have always said that, in football, you should never have a preferred position. Okay, perhaps you have a preference, but you should be ready for anything.
“I have played wide left, wide right, and I have played through the middle, so all of the positions are the same to me. If the coach tells me to play in a specific position, there will be a reason for that. I will not argue, I will just play in that position.
“If I really have to say a favourite position, I would say wide-right, because, from there, I can dribble and carry the ball deep into the opposition’s half. So I guess it is the position I like best, but I have to be ready for everything.”
Amad’s versatility will prove to be a useful tool for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has shown flexibility in allowing players to try out different positions. Marcus Rashford has played all across the frontline under the Norwegian manager, whilst Mason Greenwood has been tried on both wings as well as a lone forward.
Jadon Sancho’s imminent arrival at the club could hamper Amad’s development at the club, with some even suggesting that a loan move to Dortmund in return could work in United’s favour. The German club tried to sign Amad 12 months ago but lost out in the race to the Old Trafford club.