Amad Diallo bagged three assists and scored a goal himself as Manchester United’s Under-23s fought back from 4-2 down to seal a late 6-4 victory against Blackburn Rovers.
Diallo notched three assists as the U23s battled back from two goals down to beat Blackburn in a 10-goal thriller on Friday night, scoring the final goal to cap a remarkable comeback. Fellow youth prospect Sholas Shoretire bagged a hat-trick, while Hugill and Hannibal Mejbri also got on the scoresheet.
Diallo, agreed to join United in the summer transfer window, but had to wait until the January window for his move from Atalanta to be finalised.
The 18-year-old winger is not expected to make a serious impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad this season, but the United boss hinted the Ivory Coast-born attacker may be handed a debut later this term.
Diallo impressed for United’s U23s in a 6-3 win over Liverpool on 30 January, scoring a brace which led to journalists asking Solskjaer whether the winger was ready for his first team.
Solskjaer responded by suggesting that striker Joe Hugill – who scored four in that game – may be the more likely of the duo to be called up to the senior squad first, but Diallo now has three goals and three assists in his last two U23 outings.
While his involvement against Blackburn means a squad role against Everton on Saturday night is unlikely, it may not be too long before Solskjaer is tempted to involve the young winger – especially given United are juggling a potential Premier League title challenge along with Europa League and FA Cup football.