Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with a “good start” to Amad Diallo’s Manchester United career – but it was striker Joe Hugill who caught the eye.
Diallo opened the scoring and added the sixth goal from the penalty spot in a 6-3 win over rivals Liverpool as he lined up for Neil Wood’s Under-23s side.
It was Diallo’s first appearance since his big money move from Atalanta was completed this month.
Solskjaer kept an eye on proceedings before his first-team took on Arsenal at the Emirates and gave his verdict to MUTV ahead of the game.
He branded it a “good start” for Diallo, who has impressed in first-team training sessions since his arrival.
He also reserved praise for Hugill, 17, as he labelled him a “top striker” – but also demanded to know why he let Diallo take the final penalty instead of netting his fifth goal.
Solskjaer told MUTV: ”Four goals by Hugill, he’s a top striker as well, we’re looking forward to seeing his development.
“Amad [Diallo] gets a good start and why Joe didn’t take the penalty himself to get five goals I’m going to ask him.”
After the game, Diallo shared a picture of him celebrating a goal and wrote: “Did you enjoy the show?”
Solskjaer confirmed Diallo’s involvement on Friday and said ahead of the game: “He’s been training really well and settling in.
“He’s ready to get some game-time and match exposure.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him. [Liverpool?] There you go. Welcome to English football!”
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