There’s a silver lining on the horizon for Manchester United’s beleaguered attacking lineup, grappling with issues of form, injuries, and disputes.
The club has officially announced the return of Amad Diallo to full training with the first-team squad.
According to the statement, the player has successfully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during the pre-season, forcing his substitution on July 23 against Arsenal due to a non-contact issue.
This injury sidelined him, particularly as Erik ten Hag navigated the challenges in the attacking department, compounded by Jadon Sancho’s unexpected absence from the first team.
Amad had generated significant anticipation for a breakout season following an impressive loan stint at Sunderland last year, earning him the title of the Championship’s Young Player of the Year.
His contributions played a crucial role in guiding the Black Cats to an unexpected playoff finish in the second division, showcasing his adaptation to English football.
The pre-season this year had started on a positive note for Amad before the injury abruptly halted his breakthrough.
Now, with his return to first-team training confirmed, it is expected that the club will adopt a cautious approach to reintegrate him into active play.
With no international breaks until March and a relentless fixture schedule, Amad will have the opportunity to rebuild his match fitness through substitute appearances.
His return provides Ten Hag with a valuable option off the bench, distinct from other wingers in the current squad.
While the existing players are characterized by a “run and gun” style, Amad’s finesse and deft touch around the box could prove pivotal in unlocking deep defenses—an issue that has persisted for United this season.
Fans and the club alike are hopeful that Amad has overcome the worst of his challenges, allowing him to fulfill the immense potential that prompted United to invest nearly £38 million, contingent on meeting add-on criteria.