Thu. Mar 4th, 2021

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Manchester United set to decide when Amad will make his first start

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decide on whether Amad makes his full debut after the Premier League visit of Newcastle on Sunday.

Recent signing Amad, 18, made his United bow as an 83rd minute substitute in the 4-0 Europa League thrashing of Real Sociedad in Turin and United host the Spanish side in the return leg next Thursday.

Solskjaer made five changes for the away leg but is likely to rotate even more with United in a virtually unassailable 4-0 aggregate lead and the £37million Amad could start at Old Trafford.

“We’ll make a decision on that after Newcastle,” Solskjaer confirmed. “He’s had a couple of games in the reserves and we’ll take it lightly.

“There are still a few players who were on the bench tonight that would want to start, of course, but Amad is getting closer and we’ll see how much game-time he’ll get.”

United are all but through to the round-of-16 after their 4-0 drubbing of Sociedad, the fourth time they have scored at least four goals in a Europa League game since the start of last term.

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Bruno Fernandes took his tally for the season to 21 goals with a brace and Marcus Rashford and Daniel James recovered from ineffective first-halves to score in the second.

“We played well, we were more clinical in front of goal,” Solskjaer said. “Of course, even though we had a few chances before we got the first one. But, definitely, when we got the second the game opened up and we found ourselves in loads of space.

“We’ve got to take one game at a time. We’ve got Newcastle first but we’ll put a strong team out [for the second leg], because it’s about creating momentum.

“We’ve been through a difficult spell and I thought we found ourselves a little bit tonight. I thought the boys had that little bit of zip in their legs again. It was important to take some players off.

“We’ll rotate, definitely, but we’re not going take the game lightly.”

The Europa League triumph in 2017 remains the last piece of silverware United won and they were beaten in the semi-finals by Sevilla last year.

United have lost four semi-finals under Solskjaer and the narrow defeat by Sevilla is still playing on his mind amid United’s quest to end their trophy drought.

“We didn’t get anything back from last season’s good run,” he added. “We can talk about being in a semi-final but, in the end, we got nothing out of that.

“Sometimes you can look [and think] it’s not worth it but I think the experience from last season has helped this team and these boys. We have to learn on the job, that’s the only way of learning from your mistakes – to correct them.

“The semi-final defeat last season is still in the back of our heads, it hurts. We played a very good Sevilla team but we felt we should have gone all the way.”

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