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Solskjaer weighs in on Amad Diallo and Joe Hugill penalty debate

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Joe Hugill was deserving of more acclaim than Amad Diallo following the Manchester United signing’s club debut.

Diallo, 18, scored twice for the Under-23s in their 6-3 thrashing of Liverpool on Saturday but Hugill pillaged four goals in the rout.

United bought Hugill, 17, for £300,000 from Sunderland’s academy in the summer and the England youth striker has already plundered eight goals for the U23s and six goals for the Under-18s.

Solskjaer scored four times as a substitute at Nottingham Forest and a starter against Everton in 1999 and joked Hugill should have selfishly taken the chance to register a quintet.

“We’re going to give him the time to settle in and keep showing his skills, improving, get used to England and our way,” Solskjaer said.

“If we go from that game, I’d pick Joe Hugill: scored four goals, should have taken the penalty and got five instead of giving it to Amad, so Amad got two!



Joe Hugill of Manchester United U23s scores his first vs Blackburn

“But Amad has come in and does well in training, he’s got very good, close technique, he’ll open up defences, so I don’t think it’s gonna be too long before he’s involved in a matchday squad.”

It is unclear whether Diallo will make the matchday squad for United’s visit of Southampton on Tuesday night. United have a fully fit squad to choose from and Diallo only made two substitute appearances for the Atalanta first-team this season before he completed his £37million transfer.



Amad Diallo completed his move to Manchester United during the January transfer window

Southampton have impressed again under coach Ralph Hassenhuttl and took a 2-0 lead against United in November before losing 3-2. However, The Saints have only won three of their last 12 Premier League games and have severe injury problems to contend with.


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“I expect them to have a similar team to what we played against, it’s a strong XI,” Solskjaer added. “I know they’ve got many injuries. Over the course of the season, with the football they play, high intensity, direct, loads of energy, they’ve had a patch with loads of injuries and when you get to that moment when players come back, maybe there’s an injury in the squad and you have to come back too early.

“I’ve been lucky in that respect, we’ve got a strong, fit and healthy squad, so I haven’t had to risk players and I can rotate when there have been some risks. There have been a few times I have had to leave players out with a few niggles. We’ve been lucky in that respect, so hopefully they can get theirs fit soon because this season is relentless.”

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