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Amad has proven Manchester United right

Amad had three goals in five starts at the time an influential figure at Manchester United suggested he required a run of 10 consecutive starts to showcase his ability. He scored his sixth goal in the tenth at Wigan on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old winger has proven United right in a league measured at a greater intensity than Serie A. Amad’s strike, Sunderland’s fourth in an emphatic 4-1 victory, was a blockbuster that altered the away-dayers’ roar from a ‘yaaah’ to a ‘whooa’.

A handful of fans jubilantly hurdled the first fence of advertising hoardings as Amad approached them. For a set of followers underwhelmed by Adnan Januzaj, the last left-footed winger they loaned in from United six seasons ago, Amad has exceeded expectations.

“I propose we create a human shield around Amad Diallo preventing Manchester United from ever taking him from us. Who’s in?” tweeted the Roker Report account.

Sunderland have risen to fourth in the Championship table and, for United supporters scanning live score apps for the Mackems’ results, Amad’s form is an entente cordiale a decade on from Sunderland fans’ Poznan at the Stadium of Light.

Amad has the second-highest shot accuracy at Sunderland and is third for conversion rate. A more flattering stat would be seven goal contributions in 11 starts. Amad’s assist at Birmingham, where he wriggled away from four opponents and slotted in Ellis Simms, was worthy of acclaim.

Simms is on loan from Everton while Patrick Roberts and Jack Clarke are skilful foils. Tony Mowbray, who replaced Alex Neil as manager in late August after he defected to Stoke, has coached enterprising Championship teams in West Brom and Blackburn.

A £37million signing largely unused by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag, Amad’s presence in the Championship indicates he is not a write-off at United. David Beckham, Ben Foster, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley, Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe and Dean Henderson have had varying degrees of success in the United first team on the back of dropping down to the old Second Divisio

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