Man Utd: Team train ahead of Real Sociedad tie
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Former Manchester United star Arthur Albiston has issued a word of warning to Amad ahead of the teenager’s potential debut against Real Sociedad. Amad officially joined United in January and has been working with the Under-23s and is yet to appear in a matchday squad.
That’s set to change this evening though with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer naming Amad, and 17-year-old Shola Shoretire in his travelling squad for the Europa League round of 32 first-leg tie against Sociedad.
Clubs are allowed to make up to five subsitutions in the match as well, giving the teenage pair an even better chance of coming on if they’re not named in the starting line-up.
Solskjaer has proven throughout his time as United boss that he’s keen to blood in young talents having already given more than 10 players their debut.
Mason Greenwood is the standout name who has become a first-team regular having been given a chance by Solskjaer last season.
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The England international was initially give more regular minutes in the Europa League before forcing his way into Solskjaer’s plans for the English top flight.
The European competition has long been a way for teams to bed in young talent and both Amad and Shoretire will be hoping they can follow in similar footsteps.
But Albiston has warned the United duo about expecting too much too early, insisting the pair shouldn’t anticipate big minutes.
“Great experience for them to travel,” he told MUTV.
“You can’t just jump straight into the first team.
“You have got to get used to how to handle yourself.
“These young lads coming in to train with the first-team squad, then travelling and they might get a chance, they might not, but they will certainly get a benefit from it.”
While neither Amad or Shoretire are expected to start, Solskjaer has hinted that at least one of them will be given a debut.
Edinson Cavani hasn’t travelled due to a muscle injury while Anthony Martial will be touch and go on whether he’s fit to feature.
And Solskjaer has admitted that he may need to call upon Amad and Shoretire to feature.
“They’re in the travelling squad. Not just for experience, they’re there to make an impact if they have to,” Solskjaer said.
“The two boys have done well in training and they are talents that we want to give experience to. First of all they’re travelling and then let’s see if they come on the pitch.
“It’s one of the things we do with our youngsters. They come in and they travel, step-by-step, layer-by-layer and suddenly they’re on the pitch. That’s the thing – we do have a plan and a programme in place that we try to stick to.
“Obviously when there are injuries or absentees or illness then maybe they’ll get the chance before we expected, but the two of them have done well.”
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