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Manchester United waiting to make decision on Amad Diallo debut

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Manchester United are yet to decide on whether Amad Diallo will go straight into their first-team squad.

Diallo, 18, completed his £37million move from Atalanta on Thursday and will be available to play straightaway once he arrives in England as he was part of Atalanta’s bubble.

The Ivory Coast-born winger has made just two substitute appearances for Atalanta this season but United lack a specialist right winger, where Diallo excelled for Atalanta’s youth team.

Fellow teenage deadline day signing Facundo Pellistri is yet to make his United debut and played eight times for the reserves. Solskjaer suggested Diallo could play for the Under-23s before he makes his first-team bow.

“He’s still not been with us in the training group,” Solskjaer stressed. “It’s the last bit of paperwork so he can come in. I’m excited by all new players coming in.

“We’ll give him time. I’ve seen there’s been lots of expectations on Amad and rightly so. He’s an exciting player with some fantastic attributes we look forward to developing and giving him the chance to succeed here at Man United.

“It’s important we give him that time to settle in, if it’s going to be in the 23s to play his first few games or if he looks so ready after he’s been training with the first-team and he’ll go straight into that group, I don’t know yet.”

Odion Ighalo could get a farewell appearance for United against former club Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie. Loanee Ighalo, 32, has not played since September and will return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the month.

“Odion, it’s special for him against Watford,” Solskjaer said. “He will be involved, he’s in the squad, he’s been training really well. I was just saying here before, I don’t know how many goals he scored today but he was, by a mile, the top scorer in the round-robin we just finished in training, so he’s not lost any of his sharpness or his quality.

“It’s been difficult for him to be out of the squad as many times, of course. Because he did really well up until the summer. This season he’s not had as many opportunities but he’s never let himself down as a professional and a human being.

“In training, he always works hard and he’s been a positive influence in the dressing room. He’s in the squad, hopefully I don’t need to put him on that we need goals, but hopefully he can join in.”

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