Manchester United Wonderkid Amad Diallo Gets First Senior Call-Up For Ivory Coast


The teenager could make his international debut when The Elephants resume their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign later this month

Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo has been handed his first senior call up for the Ivory Coast.

Amad has impressed since joining United from Atalanta in January, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now picking him regularly to feature in the first team after initially allowing him to find his feet with the U23 squad.

The 18-year-old’s performances have also caught the eye of Ivory Coast boss Patrice Beaumelle, who has included the winger in his set-up for the latest set of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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What’s been said?

United has confirmed Diallo’s inclusion in the squad along with Eric Bailly, who has already got 36 international caps to his name.

A statement on the Red Devils’ official website reads: “Coach Patrice Beaumelle has named Amad in a 30-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with Bailly also included. We can confirm the center-back is to travel to link up with the group.”

When could Amad make his Ivory Coast debut?

Amad will be available for selection when Beaumelle’s side takes on Niger in a Group K clash on Friday, which they must win to hold on to the top spot.

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The Ivory Coast is leading the pool on goal difference ahead of Madagascar, with Ethiopia a point further back in third.

If Amad doesn’t feature against Niger, he could be handed his first appearance for his country against Ethiopia on March 30.

How has Amad performed for United this season?

Amad came off the bench for his maiden outing in a United shirt during their Europa League clash against Real Sociedad on January 18.

He has since featured in three more matches for Solskjaer’s team, including a six-minute cameo in their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Leicester City at the weekend.

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Despite the fact he has yet to start a game, the teenager has shown glimpses of his explosive dribbling ability and eye for goal, most notable during an eye-catching second-half display against Milan earlier this month.

Amad’s brilliant improvised header helped United earn a 1-1 draw in the first leg of that round of 16 ties at Old Trafford, and saw him become the youngest non-British player to ever score for the club in Europe.

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