Ten Hag: 'Amad deserves more minutes than he's been given'

Ten Hag: 'Amad deserves more minutes than he's been given'

Erik ten Hag has admitted that he's under-used Amad Diallo this season despite the growing number of injuries to players.

At his pre-match press conference, quoted by The Athletic, the Manchester United boss said: "Amad deserves it [to play more] but don’t forget he was injured for a long period of the season.

"So we rebuilt him, he’s now had some opportunities, he’s really contributed.

"But also he played in a position that is not his best position, I would say. Started as a striker but then he has to play in the midfield, so he did well.

"But we have a number of players in that area, there’s big competition there, and actually he already has deserved more minutes I would say.

"But I have to choose there, because we have Alejandro Garnacho, we have Antony, we have him, we have Omari Forson."

Ten Hag added: "So, we have some players in that position, a number of players, and we have to make choices there.

"But I am very happy with his performances, with his progress, and I see his qualities. He has some assets that can really contribute to our game."

Amad has appeared just thrice in the Premier League this season and starts have been hard to come by.

To be fair, Ten Hag may be stacked with options where Amad plays but have they been effective enough? That's the real question.

If regular minutes still evade Amad after scoring that sick goal against Liverpool, it won't be surprising if he seeks a move elsewhere.

AuthorMeghna @ 1819SourceThe Athletic