Amad Diallo is enjoying a fantastic season on loan at Sunderland, with 14 goals and assists so far, with Tony Mowbray regularly singing the player’s praises for the impact he’s making. His performances have attracted plenty of acclaim and led to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag being asked whether he would consider recalling the player from his loan in January. Ten Hag spoke of his happiness with Amad’s form during the loan spell but felt it was best for his development to stay in the Championship until the summer.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Amad has reflected on what it was like signing for United and his hopes for a successful future at his parent club.

I know it was a lot of money, but I didn’t really think about that; there’s no reason to worry about things you can’t influence. I was so happy to sign for Manchester United: it’s a club with a massive history, famous all around the world. I remember my first training session after I joined: I was very nervous; there were some huge stars in the dressing room and I was looking around thinking, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m here’.

Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani were at the club at the time and it was fantastic to meet them. I have a good friendship with Pogba, and also with Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga. They all made me feel welcome. It was incredible to make my debut against Real Sociedad in the Europa League, too. I haven’t shown my best for them yet, but I hope next season I can return and prove my talent. My dream is to play regular football at Manchester United.