After a disastrous start to the season and one other underwhelming transfer window, there’s an inevitable feeling of doom and gloom at Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tried but failed to sign fairly much each right-sided forward under the solar in the course of the summer time – and a 6-1 defeat at home to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham didn’t precisely elevate morale.
Deadline-day strikes for Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri unsurprisingly failed to appease disgruntled United supporters, with govt vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the moment the least in style determine within the red half of Manchester.
While the cocktail of issues creates a fairly bleak outlook, there was one piece of transfer business that will disperse the darkish clouds hanging over Old Trafford.
Amad Diallo, in any other case known as Amad Traore, looked set to be a part of Parma on transfer deadline day in a move that failed to increase any eyebrows.
After all, that is a player who has solely played 24 minutes of Serie A football to date and – regardless of scoring on his debut – was a comparatively unknown determine outside of Italy till lately.
— Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) March 27, 2020
However, the move to Parma collapsed within the final phases, opening the door for the Red Devils to swoop in, with the deal set to be accomplished in January 2021 due to work allow issues.
United fans from the world over instantly started typing on their keyboards and in search of video compilations, hoping to find a glimpse of their new signing.
While his lack of senior football actually made issues tough for YouTube editors, his performances for Atalanta’s youth teams give an perception into why United agreed to pay an preliminary £19million for his services.
The 18-year-old made 31 goal contributions in 42 appearances for his or her Under-19s in 2018-19, together with a beautiful goal in a 3-0 win over AC Milan in March 2019.
After offering the assist for Atalanta’s opener in Milan, he sensed an alternative and picked up the ball before driving into a crowded penalty space.
Faced by three imposing defenders, most players would try to keep hold of the ball and anticipate support from their team-mates, but as you’ll see, Diallo isn’t most players.
Showcasing the aptitude and creativity that makes him such a highly-rated prospect, the winger produced an wonderful pirouette to keep away from the first challenge.
He then takes one other contact before firing past the goalkeeper and wheeling away in celebration, leaving the surprised defenders in his wake.
— Sportitalia (@tvdellosport) March 30, 2019
And Diallo has already confirmed he can do it on a chilly day in Manchester. Well, variety of.
In October 2019, he headed to the North West of England for the first time for a UEFA Youth League clash with United’s arch-rivals Manchester City.
With Atalanta main 2-1, he pounced on a unfastened ball and skipped past two City players before discovering the back of the net, drawing similarities with a sure Barcelona star.
“He plays like Messi,” Atalanta captain Papu Gomez later said in an Instagram Q&A. “There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him. To stop him in training, we have to kick him!”
While it is likely to be a bit too early for these comparisons, United looked to have signed a tough diamond who can become one thing particular over the next few years.
And it actually wouldn’t be the first time that has occurred…
By Nathan Egerton
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