Harry Maguire is confident Amad Diallo will be a ‘big player’ for Manchester United after the January signing scored his first goal for the Red Devils during the 1-1 draw with AC Milan.
Diallo came off the bench and made an immediate impact in the first leg of the last-16 Europa League tie at Old Trafford, heading home Bruno Fernandes’ lofted through ball.
The Ivorian winger, 18, joined Manchester United from Atalanta in January and his goal appeared to be taking his team to a crucial victory over Italian club Milan.
But Milan’s Simon Kjaer beat Red Devils shot-stopper Dean Henderson with a header in the dying seconds to ensure the tie remains poised at 1-1 ahead of next week’s return leg.
Asked about Diallo’s impact following the match, Maguire told BT Sport: ‘He’s a young boy with a big future.
‘Obviously he came on at half-time, trying to impress and he scores really early. That gives him confidence.
‘You can see day in day out in training that he’s improving and working on his intensity and tempo. He’s going to be a big player for us.’
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: ‘It’s creative, he plays with freedom. It’s a great pass from Bruno by the way and that’s what makes the goal.
‘It’s a good start for Amad. He’s been on the pitch before but it was a nice goal. He’s still got lots to learn but he’ll be better for it.’
On United’s performance against Milan, Solskjaer said: ‘That late goal makes it harder but it was always going to be down to the second game.
‘Dean Henderson can save it of course, but we should have attacked the ball. We were a long way off it today.
‘We were too slow with the possession, it is sometimes hard off the back of a game like Manchester City.’
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