All eyes may have been on Amad Diallo but it could be his Under 23 team-mate Joe Hugill who is next in line for a first-team Manchester United debut.
The 17-year-old grabbed the headlines on Saturday by scoring four goals as United’s U23s thumped bitter rivals Liverpool 6-3 on their own patch.
That took the striker’s tally to 14 goals overall this season – having scored eight times for the U23s and a further six for the U18s. The teenager’s stats are even more impressive when you consider he has achieved the feat in just 17 games, only 10 of which have been as a starter.
Joe Hugill (centre) could be in line for a Man United debut soon, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Hugill scored four goals for United’s Under 23s as they won 6-3 at rivals Liverpool on Saturday
The 17-year-old now has 14 goals in 17 games for United across U18 and U23 level this season
And Hugill’s quadruple has caught the eye of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Asked about whether Diallo, who joined in a £37million transfer from Atalanta last month, would get some first-team action soon, the Norwegian replied: ‘We’re gonna give him the time to settle in.
‘If we go from that game [vs Liverpool], I’d pick Joe Hugill.
‘Four goals by Hugill, he’s a top striker as well, we’re looking forward to seeing his development.
‘Amad gets a good start and why Joe didn’t take the penalty himself to get five goals I’m going to ask him.’
Red Devils manager Solskjaer was pleased with what he saw from Hugill on Saturday afternoon
Hugill, who joined the club from Sunderland last summer, could follow the likes of Marcus Rashford and more recently Mason Greenwood in progressing through the United ranks to play for the first team.
As for Diallo, Solskjaer was pleased with his U23 debut too as he scored United’s other two goals from the weekend – including a Panenka penalty.
‘I don’t think it’s gonna be too long before he’s involved in a matchday squad,’ he added about the 18-year-old winger.
Amad Diallo also caught the eye having scored United’s two other goals against Liverpool U23s
Diallo completed his brace with an exquisite Panenka penalty to cap off an impressive display