Diallo reminds me of Mahrez – Luke Shaw

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Manchester United left back Luke Shaw has compared Amad Diallo to Riyad Mahrez.

The 18-year-old winger recently completed a move from Italian side Atalanta to Old Trafford for an estimated 30 million Euros.

Diallo made his debut for United in their 4-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad in the first leg of the Uefa Europa League last 32 at the Allianz Arena in Italy last week.

Speaking to the English media who wanted to understand the strengths of the 18-year-old, Shaw said that the youngster still has a lot to learn and improve, but his abilities on the ball might take him very far in the game.

“He’s still so young but he’s come into training and you can tell he’s got confidence. 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 in the league.

“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 about which player he can liken the Ivorian to, he explained that they had been discussing this with some of his teammates and agreed that he reminds them of Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

“It was interesting because Harry (Maguire) said to me the other day that he reminds him of Mahrez when he was at Leicester.

“Really quick, skilful, agility, 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 sort of the 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.”

On Thursday, United hosts Sociedad for the second leg of the Europa League and with the tie almost put to bed with the first leg result, Diallo could be amongst a string of changes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might make.

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