Monday Feb 22, 2021. 16:00
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has compared club teammate Amad Diallo to Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez.
Diallo, 18, made his first team debut for the Red Devils in a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad last week. The teenage winger completed a move to Old Trafford from Serie A side Atalanta in January for an initial fee of £18.7m.
“He’s still so young but he’s come into training and you can tell he’s got confidence,” Shaw said when asked about the Ivorian wide player as reported by Sky Sports.
“You can tell by the way he plays. His first touch is brilliant, the way he takes the ball and drives at players. He’s got great skill.
“Of course, he’s very young and still got a long way to go but you can tell already that he’s going to be one for the future and I’m sure he’s not far away from maybe getting a first-team appearance.
“He’s a wonderful talent and already a wonderful player, so I’m sure fans are looking forward to seeing [more of] him on the pitch soon.”
Asked which player Diallo reminds him of, Shaw revealed that Harry Maguire noted similarities to Mahrez and the United defender tends to agree with his captain.
“It was interesting because Harry (Maguire) said to me the other day that he (Diallo) reminds him of Mahrez when he was at Leicester City.
“Really quick, skilful, agile, can turn really quick, got great skills and I would probably agree with Harry, he does remind me of Mahrez.
“Even the way Mahrez plays now. I’ve seen the sort of qualities that Amad obviously has and has shown in training.
“Mahrez is a wonderful player so hopefully if he’s any good like him it’ll be great for United.”