Former coach outlines weaknesses of Man United’s new boy

Manchester United’s new boy Amad Diallo has been asked to bulk up and improve his heading if he’s to establish himself as a star at Manchester United. The 18-year-old’s former coach Denis Cerlini is of this opinion.

Diallo moved from Atalanta to Manchester United in the January transfer window in a deal worth £37million and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited about the youngster’s arrival.

It can be recalled that the Red Devils were eager to sign Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window but Joel Glazer deemed the England international too expensive and asked Ed Woodward not to meet Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the player.

The Red Devils decided to look elsewhere and agreed a fee with Atalanta for Diallo. Solskjaer is impressed with the signing but his former coach Cerlini has warned that he isn’t the finished article just yet and needs time for more development.

“Physically, Amad wasn’t the strongest at Boca Barco, and his heading abilities aren’t good,” Cerlini told BBC Sport.

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“He must add a few kilograms of weight in order to survive in the Premier League.”

Cerlini also disclosed how Diallo joined Boca Barco, adding: “We didn’t discover Amad, but rather he just came to us. It was a great stroke of luck.

“From the very first moment, it was evident the kid was special. He was very bold and quick, possessed great technique and a strong shot, and executed everything at great speed.

“Amad was popular in the dressing room. He made a lot of friends, learned Italian and seemed to be a very determined guy who knew exactly what he wanted.”

Diallo will be given time to adjust to his new surroundings at United similar to what is being done with Facundo Pellestri. Regardless, United boss Solskajer expressed excitement over the deal for the Ivorian earlier this month.

 “Amad we’ve had all the paperwork, or we’re waiting for all the paperwork. I can’t see any obstacles really.

“Hopefully within not too long he’ll be with us.

“I’m very excited about bringing him in. I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.

“Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football. We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.“