Manchester United winger Amad Diallo has struggled to become a first-team regular under Erik ten Hag, and Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, in an interview with GIVEMESPORT, has explained why he could help solve the problems at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag’s current crop of wide players have let him down so far this season, with Antony, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford all failing to live up to expectations for various reasons. Diallo is another option for the Dutch tactician, but he’s struggled with injuries this campaign.
The highly-rated youngster is nearing a return to action and he might not have been a regular starter at the start of the term if he was fit, but the situation has changed at Old Trafford. After the international break, it will be interesting to see whether ten Hag opts to utilise him more regularly in the side, considering their poor start to the season.
Amad Diallo could have departed in the summer
Back in 2021, United paid a fee which could total around £37m for the then-18-year-old winger from Serie A side Atalanta, per BBC. The Ivory Coast star was one of the hottest prospects in Europe when arriving in Manchester and spent last season on loan at Championship side Sunderland, where he showcased his ability, earning him a chance to be involved with the United senior squad during pre-season.
The Athletic reported during the summer transfer window that multiple clubs were interested in signing Diallo on loan ahead of this season and United might have considered allowing him to receive regular minutes on a temporary deal. However, an injury scuppered any plans for him to depart, and he remained at the Red Devils.
Back in October, Diallo posted on Instagram stating he was edging closer to returning to action. However, we’re yet to see the youngster involved under ten Hag, so United fans will be hoping to see him return after the international break. Sancho has been axed from the first-team squad, Antony has struggled to perform consistently, and Rashford has scored just once in the Premier League this season, so there could be an opportunity for Diallo to become a regular in the starting XI.
Dharmesh Sheth update
Diallo has a better chance than ever to stamp his authority on this United side, considering the struggles they’ve endured since the campaign got underway. The return of the former Sunderland loanee should be exciting for the fans at Old Trafford, as he’s undoubtedly got the ability to make an impact for the Manchester club.
Sheth has suggested that he’s wondering whether ten Hag will be having a look at Diallo ahead of potentially giving him an opportunity when he returns from injury. The Sky Sports reporter adds that with Sancho and Antony’s troubles, he could be a smart option for the Red Devils on the right-hand side of attack. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Sheth said…
“So, Amad Diallo is a good player, he will be a good signing. Manchester United don’t sign players if they’re not good players. I just wonder whether Eric ten Hag is going to have to have a look at Amad Diallo, simply because if you look at Manchester United’s right-sided options just now, Amad Diallo was way down the pecking order because you’ve got players like Jadon Sancho who is worth £73m. £80m-£90m worth of Antony. Sancho is not even training with the first team at the moment with his disciplinary problems, and Antony, it just hasn’t worked out so far.”
Erik ten Hag could halt his potential
Although it might seem like there’s an opportunity for Diallo to prove himself, ten Hag could halt his potential if he brings in another winger in the January transfer window. The former Ajax manager might not want to take a risk on Diallo and sign a ready-made player, and it appears that United are in the market to strengthen this position.
It’s understood that United will have money to spend in January, and ten Hag is likely to target a winger and a full-back. This could once again push Diallo down the pecking order, unless he is able to prove himself before the winter window opens for business, but he will have to get fit and fast with January just around the corner.