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Man United tell Amad Diallo what to expect in debut vs Liverpool

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Manchester United new boy Amad Diallo is set to make his first outing for the club with the Under-23s this weekend.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the 18-year-old, who arrived this month from Atalanta, is in line to make his first appearance since making the move to England.

The Under-23s are due to take on arch rivals Liverpool in their Premier League 2 match on Saturday, which kicks off at 1pm.

Under-23s boss Neil Wood says he is looking forward to watching Diallo in action for this first-team, and admits that he is yet to see much of the teenager since his arrival earlier this month.


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“I haven’t seen too much of him because he’s in the first-team bubble,” Wood told MUTV.

“He’s training with them but I’ve spoken to the coaches and they said he’s doing well.

“It’s good for him to get some game-time, get some minutes on the pitch and get some match practice in.”

Wood admitted he is excited to watch the 18-year-old in action like the majority of United supporters.

He expects Liverpool to provide a stern challenge for the youngster on his debut.

He added: “I’m looking forward to seeing him play as well, just as much as every other United fan is as well.

“I wouldn’t say it was an easy game to come into, our local rivals, so, yes, it’s going to be challenging for him [against Liverpool].”

United will be without star player Anthony Elanga after he suffered a collarbone injury in the defeat against Leicester.

Wood expects him to miss the few games including the clash against Liverpool.

He said: “It was a shame as I think it was a heavy tackle on Anthony and, up until that point, he was playing really well.

“I said to him at half-time it looked like he was playing professionally, moving the ball quick, playing inside, linking up and running in behind. He was looking a big threat for us and on top of his game but it was disappointing for him. He’s got an upper-body injury and is going to miss the next few games.

“Obviously, he’s disappointed as he felt in a good place and wanted to come back after the Christmas break and hit the ground running but, unfortunately, it’s stopped him in his tracks a little bit.

“He’ll be back. He’ll do the rehabilitation right and be back before we know it.”

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