Manchester United fans want to see Amad make his first start for the club against Real Sociedad – even if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already appears to have decided against it.
The La Liga side will travel to Old Trafford on Thursday for the return leg of the round-of-32 tie, with United already holding a 4-0 aggregate lead after the first game in Turin – with a Bruno Fernandes brace and goals from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James securing the win.
The match was also significant as it saw the first-team debut of Amad, as he replaced Mason Greenwood with seven minutes to go to make his first senior appearance since arriving in Manchester from Atalanta in January.
The teenage winger has impressed for the Under-23s since his arrival by racking up three goals and three assists in just two appearances for Neil Wood’s side.
Amad’s form soon earned him a call up to the first-team squad – along with fellow youngster Shola Shoretire, who made his own debut against Newcastle on Sunday – and he has also appeared on the bench in the Premier League and the FA Cup.
With United commanding a powerful position going into the match against Sociedad, with their spot in the last 16 all but guaranteed, there was an expectation that Amad would get to start the game to get yet more valuable experience in a low-pressure environment.
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Manchester United made heavy weather of their 3-1 win over Newcastle, eventually getting the job done at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes were on the scoresheet as United got back to winning ways in the league. They have a Europa League second leg vs Real Sociedad on Thursday.
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While Amad and Shoretire will both be in the squad, Solskjaer was quick to throw cold water on the idea that they will start.
When asked if the young duo could be in the starting XI, the Norwegian said: “Probably not, Shola and Amad, no. I’m not sure that would be fair on them, they’ll be in the squad.”
However, some fans disagree with Solskjaer on the decision and hope to see Amad given a starting berth in the game.
Following Amad’s debut last week, Solskjaer did hint that the Ivorian was getting closer to starting games for the club.
“He’s getting closer and closer to his minutes by the day,” Solskjaer told BT Sport. “That is why we felt towards the end when we were 3-0 up to go and let him enjoy his first 10 minutes for the club.”