‘Amad has high potential’ – Ten Hag praises Ivorian’s performance in Man United win

‘Amad has high potential’ – Ten Hag praises Ivorian’s performance in Man United win

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praised Amad Diallo’s performance in the 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

Kobbie Mainoo put the Red Devils ahead in the first half before Anthony Gordon equalised for the Magpies at the start of the second half.

Amad put United 2-1 up with a brilliant strike in the 57th minute for this first-ever Premier League goal followed by Rasmus Hojlund’ strike in the 84th minute and Lewis Hall’s screamer in added time which was just a consolation for Newcastle.

Reflecting on the Ivory Coast International’s performance, Ten Hag said: “It was a brilliant goal by Amad. You see how young players are developing, like Amad, and I was really pleased with his performance and it was a great goal.

“He is very good. He has high potential. He is a symbol for the season as he had a bad injury. He fought himself back and had to wait long for his chance and, on Sunday, and also tonight, he was very good.”

Another player that performed well on the night was Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

The Fiorentina loanee was given a rare start and seized the moment with a solid showing after coming under scrutiny for failing to live up to expectations when he was signed on deadline day last summer.

While Amrabat was happy to get more minutes under his belt, he asserted that fans are yet to see the best of him.

“…I had to be patient, but I was always ready for the team. when they need me, where they need me, even it was one minute or 10 minutes. I always give my best, in training, I try to help the team,” he stated.

“I think there’s only one thing that you can do; work hard and wait till the chance will come. [It’s] maybe a bit late, end of the season, but I’m happy that the chance came and that we won.

“It’s also nice to show yourself, but it’s still not Sofyan Amrabat on the top, how I can play,” he continued. “It’s my second game now in four, five months that I played 90 minutes, so I’m not 100 per cent as normal.

Man United sit in eighth place on the table with 57 points, same as Newcastle in seventh with three points separating them and sixth-placed Chelsea.

Ten Hag’s side will wrap up the league season with a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

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