Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has disclosed his plans for attacker Amad Diallo after a stellar season on loan in the Championship.
The Ivory Coast international has enjoyed an excellent 2022/23 campaign with Sunderland, bagging 13 goals and three assists in 37 appearances.
Diallo helped Tony Mowbray’s side finish in sixth place. They are in the promotion play-offs where they will face Luton Town.
When a reporter asked whether Diallo’s future at Old Trafford, Ten Hag said (via Man Utd’s official website): “Yes, of course.
“We loan such players to let them develop and make progress. To bring them back – that is the aim of a loan.
“We are really strong on them on the matter of the way we mentor them, and so we follow them, and we have communication through all the season, especially Darren Fletcher.
“He invests a lot in such processes, and the aim is to bring them back as a better player and with better experience.”
Diallo will hope to make Ten Hag’s pre-season squad ahead of next season. He will need to impress the manager and show he can provide competition for Antony on the right wing.
He arrived from Atalanta in January 2021, with the clubs agreeing to a €40 million deal three months earlier.
The 20-year-old debuted in a Europa League tie against Real Sociedad in February 2021.
He scored his only goal for United in that competition against AC Milan.
Diallo made his Premier League debut in May against Leicester City. He assisted Mason Greenwood’s goal in a 2–1 defeat.
However, after struggling for game time in the 2021/2022 season, he went on loan to Rangers to mixed results.
Diallo returned to United and headed out on loan to Sunderland, where he has shone.
Before any talks of a return to the United, he has the promotion play-offs to worry about. Sunderland host Luton at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.
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