Manchester United Under-23s manager Neil Wood has said that young winger Amad Diallo is gaining confidence “as the days go on”.
The 18-year-old arrived in Manchester in January after finalising the legalities of his October move from Atalanta.
But while he has gonestraight into the Under-23s, he has done nothing to slow down the hype over his talent.
Indeed, he announced himself with a brace on his debut against Liverpool, including a Panenka penalty.
As such, questions have grown as to when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may offer the Ivorian his first-team debut.
Wood told Goal on the winger’s progress: “You see he has ability and he’s linking up well.
“He doesn’t really have a relationship with any of these boys here but he came to Liverpool on Saturday and did well and the same against Blackburn.
“He’s training with the first team and doing well and he’s still new to England and the style of football so it’s going to take time.
“Like all young players you have to be patient with them. He’s gaining more confidence as the days go on.”
Solskjaer stressed that Diallo finds himself in a “different” situation to fellow young winger signing Facundo Pellistri. The Uruguayan has moved to Alaves on loan until the end of the season.
However, the United boss has said that he sees Diallo on a more advanced pathway, leading him to a quicker first-team introduction.
Although, it remains unclear when that will be.
Diallo has earned one glimpse of a senior matchday experience. He was named on the bench for United’s 1-0 FA Cup win over West Ham on Tuesday.
Joe Hugill on Solskjaer radar
Meanwhile, striker Joe Hugill is the other player who stole the show in the Under-23s clash with Liverpool.
The 17-year-old netted four and earned high praise from Solskjaer in the following days.
In our weekly Scout feature, we take a look at the rising Old Trafford talent.
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