Solskjaer reacts to Diallo’s debut and identifies Man Utd’s next “top striker”

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.

Amad Diallo made his first appearance in Man Utd colours and scored twice for the U23s against Liverpool

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 branded Joe Hugill a "top striker" after he netted four goals against Liverpool
Solskjaer branded Joe Hugill a “top striker” after he netted four goals against Liverpool

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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