Manchester United fans suggest new position for Amad after Ivory Coast display at Olympics

Amad provided a match-winning assist for Franck Kessie as the Ivory Coast beat Saudi Arabia in their Olympic Games opener.


Manchester United prospect Amad has already lit up the Olympic Games, as the Ivory Coast kicked-off their quest for a gold medal in Tokyo.

The 19-year-old, who has now been capped three times at senior international level, provided an eye-catching assist for Frank Kessie against Saudi Arabia this morning.

Picking up the ball on his favoured right-flank, the United January signing from Serie A side Atalanta cut inside and passed to his teammate Kessie, the AC Milan star, who made no mistake in firing home.

It was a fitting moment to decide the game as Amad and the Ivorians saw out a 2-1 win in their Group D opener.

Having swapped Italy for the Premier League six months ago, the teenager has been used sparingly by his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he continues to adjust to the rigours of senior football.

The majority of those outings have come out wide, but United fans suggest his assist might even hint at a position change further down the line. Here's what fans said about him:

And Amad was not the only United player in action at the International Stadium in Yokahoma.

Indeed, he was joined in the starting line-up by Eric Bailly - selected as an over-age player for the Ivory Coast ahead of their Olympic Games charge.

Speaking about their inclusion, Solskjaer said: "I think everyone, when they grow up, watches the Olympics and can see Usain Bolt or Ryan Giggs. I saw him play in the Olympics [for Great Britain].

"When your country calls you up, I think I can't stand in the way of that boyhood dream being fulfilled.

"Of course, Eric is over-age, but I think they can see the value of him and that's why they have brought him in.

"Amad is a young, exciting prospect. It'll be good to see them. It'll be their pre-season, but they've got to come back with a medal. We need a nice feel about the place when they come back!"

Source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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