Solskjaer lets January thinking slip, but £37m teenager is on his way


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Amad Diallo is “coming” after being frozen out at Atalanta.

The Ivorian winger was signed from the Serie A side in the summer for a fee which could rise to £37m.

However, the 18-year-old remained in Italy while his work permit was sorted out. Now though the teenager, who has been tracked by United scouts since way back in 2016, is on his way to Manchester.

Right winger Diallo has only played 35 minutes for Atalanta in all competitions this season. Atalanta have preferred to give players who are staying at the club game time. That has made United push through the paperwork.

He made an immediate impact in Atalanta’s first team last term, netting on his Serie A debut.

The teenager will likely link up with United’s Under-23 team until he finds his feet in England.

Speaking after the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, Solskjaer said: “We have had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles. He’s coming.

“I hope very soon he will be with us. I’m very excited about bringing him in. I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.

“Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.”

Quiet January

Solskjaer also let slip that he does not think the club will be doing much business in January.

United invested in Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellestri and Diallo in the summer. And instead of adding any more players to his squad this month, United are looking at long-term targets.

Solskjaer added: “Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players. Of course, we’re always working long-term.

 

 

“That’s the big thing. We have targets we need long-term for the club.”

Solskjaer’s men have joined Liverpool on 33 points as a result of the victory over Villa that increases outsider talk of a title challenge.

“Of course we’re very happy with the position we’ve found ourselves in,” the United boss said.

“It’s such a big difference if you look 12 months back. You lose the chance to be there or thereabouts in the first 10 games, you can lose the chance to be in a title race.

“For us now, it’s a good position to be in but we need to improve, we need to get better. There’s going to be many tight games but if you can win games like tonight that’s going to make a big difference.”

 



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