By Sean Fisher

20th Sep, 2022 | 12:26pm

Tony Mowbray backs Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo to shine at Sunderland

Manchester United winger Amad Diallo joined Sunderland on loan this summer, and Tony Mowbray has backed the Ivorian to shine.

Eyebrows were raised when Manchester United splashed £37million on Diallo in 2021, and the Ivory Coast international endured a frustrating first season at Old Trafford.

After only making three appearances for the Red Devils in his first six months at the club, Diallo was sent out on loan to Rangers, where he again struggled to make an impact.

Another loan spell at Sunderland followed this summer, and the 20-year-old is starting to finally justify his big-money fee, claims Mowbray.

“I thought Amad showed some real class and quality, as he should because what he cost Manchester United and he’s here on loan,” said Mowbray, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

“He showed that he can stand up and really deliver. I’m pretty sure depending on the situation as we move forward it won’t be long before he starts a football match for us and hopefully he gets on the scoresheet and he’s off and running.”

A big fee to justify

It’s becoming clearer as time goes on that Manchester United overspent hugely on Amad. But if you’re able to look past his fee – there are plenty of signs that show he boasts plenty of potential.

The Red Devils left it late when signing Amad from Atalanta back in 2021, and were clearly left unmoved by his talents when he arrived at Carrington.

However, his recent cameos at the Stadium of Light have allowed him to showcase his talent that clearly caught the eye of United’s scouts in the first place.

Amad came off the bench in Sunderland’s last three matches, and looked particularly bright against Watford on Saturday, when his brilliant cross to Jack Clarke was marginally ruled out for offside.

But as said by Mowbray – Amad is starting to show quality. It may only be in a loan spell in League One, but it could be exactly what he needs to kick off his footballing career in England.

In other Manchester United news, Alvaro Fernandez’ form at Preston shows the Red Devils made the right decision