Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hails Amad after debut – ‘He’s got unreal talent’

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has praised Amad after his debut for the club. The 18-year-old came on against Real Sociedad on Thursday night. And it was his first appearance since his move from Atalanta back in the January transfer window.

United ran out comfortable winners against Sociedad.

Bruno Fernandes scored twice for the Red Devils, with the Portugal international taking his goal tally up to 21 in the process.

Marcus Rashford also found the net and Daniel James did, too, with the Wales international scoring late on.

United were in cruise control throughout the match at the Allianz Stadium in Turin and, late on, unleashed Amad for the first time.

The 18-year-old wasn’t able to score but he did look bright and energetic.

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And Scholes, who was performing punditry duties for BT Sport, hailed Amad after his debut and expressed a belief he’d be a huge hit for the club in the coming years ahead.

“We didn’t see much of him tonight,” he said.


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“He looks a talented player. I watched the U23s last week. He scored a goal and made a couple of goals.

“He’s got real talent, a nice left foot. Is he quick? I’m not too sure I haven’t seen that yet.

“Creative player, very young at 18. Give him time and hopefully he can do.”

Another positive for United on Thursday night was the performance of Dean Henderson, who kept a clean sheet after coming in for David De Gea.

And Scholes thinks it’s now time for the 23-year-old to shine, saying: “Yeah I would [like to see a run of games].

“I’m a big fan of David. The game against Everton, where David made a couple of mistakes, I thought Ole might have lost patience with him and that was the time to bring Henderson in.

“But he didn’t. He stuck to David to his credit. He did OK against West Brom and West Ham in the cup.

“Henderson didn’t have a lot to do. He hasn’t had much of a chance to impress.

“He made a save in the first half. He’s got to stick with it. Ole must know he’s a quality keeper but does he have the trust in him that he’s better than David De Gea at the minute?

“I don’t think he does. Because with the mistakes David made he would have been in if he had full trust in him.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself was happy after the game, saying: “We scored some good goals and played some nice football.

“We deserved to win but maybe not by four goals.

“On a night like this when we find spaces we can be a dangerous team.

“We had to defend well, they have some terrific players up front and we earned the right to counter-attack quickly. They opened up and we got the spaces we wanted.

“Every team attacks you, it’s about finding the moments to find the space.

“We are a work in progress, we are learning and some games we have not been able to win lately.”

United are next in action against Newcastle on Sunday.

They beat Steve Bruce’s side 4-1 earlier in the campaign – and will be hoping for a repeat of that result.

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