Diallo’s influence in Man Utd’s first-team training will have fans intrigued

Amad Diallo has been told his time will come at Manchester United by Under-23s coach Neil Wood after wowing coaches in training.

The 18-year-old was signed last summer but only arrived in January from Atalanta in a deal worth £19m initially.

The Serie A club were desperate to keep hold of the teenager until the end of the season.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked the move and was desperate to bring the youngster to the club as soon as possible to see what he was all about.

And many of the club's coaches have been wowed by Diallo's ability despite his tender age.

He appeared on the bench for United's FA Cup clash against West Ham but did not manage to get on.

But patience is key surrounding the Ivorian, Wood has insisted, with his performances in training more important than anything else at this stage.

“You see he has ability and he’s linking up well,” said Wood.

"He doesn’t really have a relationship with any of these boys here. He came to Liverpool [last] Saturday and did well and the same [against Blackburn].

“He’s training with the first team and doing well and he’s still new to England and the style of football in England.

"So it’s going to take time and like all young players you have to be patient with them. He’s gaining more confidence as the days go on.”

Solskjaer was also keen to reinforce the message of patience surrounding the youngster, though fans are keen to see more of Diallo.

"We're going to give him the time to settle in and keep showing his skills, improving, get used to England and our way," he said.

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