May 13, 2021

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Man United could learn how much they need to sign Sancho vs Granada

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Aside from a mere 88 minutes, Manchester United supporters have been forced to wait to see Amad in action.

The exciting, young winger clearly has bags of potential – and as his first goal for the club against AC Milan proved, a great sense of ingenuity and skill – yet he remains only 18-years-old, having moved to a new country in the midst of a pandemic and half-way through the season. There’s no surprise that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has resisted the temptation to throw him straight into the deep end.

However, Thursday’s game against Granada could be the perfect opportunity to give Amad his first start in a red shirt.

While Solskjaer won’t want his team to be complacent with a spot in the Europa League semi-finals on the line, the manager certainly has some freedom to make several changes to his side. United already have a 2-0 away goal advantage after the first leg in Spain, a game in which La Liga’s eighth placed club threatened little.


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With so many members of his squad running on fumes after a slog of a season, some rotation would be welcomed at Old Trafford and will even be forced on the manager.

As well as having Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly unavailable, Marcus Rashford is a doubt for the match as he continues to struggle with an injury that has bothered him for weeks.

With Anthony Martial also sidelined, it leaves United low on options in the attacking third of the pitch, potentially opening the door for Amad to come in to the starting XI for the first time.

Not only would the Ivorian’s inclusion lessen the burden on United’s weary strike force, but it would also give Solskjaer a great opportunity to assess his options in the summer transfer window.

While a new striker and centre-back remain the biggest priorities, M.E.N. Sport understands that the club are refusing to rule out making another attempt to sign Jadon Sancho.

United are huge admirers of the Borussia Dortmund star, having failed in three attempts to sign him, the latest of which came last summer in a bid to address the lack of natural wingers at the club.

The Sancho saga dragged out for months before United eventually pulled out of negotiations after being unable to reach agreements with the player’s representatives or Dortmund, instead agreeing deals to bring in teenage duo Amad and Facundo Pellistri.

While those signings were made with a look towards the future, Amad certainly looks as though he has the talent to become a first-team regular sooner rather than later. If he did, then that would be a massive boost to United who could then abandon their pursuit of Sancho and focus their energy on strengthening elsewhere.

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Manchester United fought back superbly to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

After a VAR row following United’s disallowed goal in the first half, Son Heung-Min opened the scoring for Spurs. But United came roaring back in the second half to win, with goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Grenwood.

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A start against Granada is the perfect environment – a game that is important for United to advance through but is relatively low pressure thanks to their aggregate lead – to give Amad his first chance to prove he is ready to make the step up.

If the teenager can put in an impressive display against a combative side who are having a great season despite their vastly inferior budget, then he may be ready to start getting more and more minutes in the Premier League.

Sancho would be a thrilling signing, but if United already have the solution to their right-wing problem on the books then the money might be better spent elsewhere.

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