Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick spoke about the Manchester United loanee Amade Diallo before his team’s clash with northeastern rival Sunderland.
Carrick, who left the coaching staff of the United first team after a short stint as acting coach before the appointment of Ralph Rangnik, led Middlesbrough to promotion in the standings.
Tomorrow at noon, his team will face Sunderland, who are four points behind them.
United’s young Ivorian winger Amad Diallo plays for Sunderland.
20-year-old Amad spent an incredibly fruitful time on loan. He was recently awarded the Fans’ Championship Player of the Month award for his performances in the league in December.
Amad joined United in 2021 when Carrick was assistant manager to Ole Gunnar Sulscher.
Speaking to the press about the starlet’s high form and his dangerous attacking qualities, Carrick said:
Sunderland are a very good team and they have a very good offensive line. I know Amad very well from United.
“He is an amazing footballer and seems to have risen to the level again since the beginning of the season.
“His performances have improved and he is a threat.”
Debating whether his defense would be able to stop creative talent as he slides across the field, Carrick hesitated to reveal any specific strategy:
“It’s a challenge. He is a talented player, handles the ball very smoothly and feels great how he takes the ball. He is sharp, he has an injection and he sees space very well.
“Obviously, I know him and have been watching him very closely. He’s not easy to stop because he’s one of the best players, but that’s the challenge we face. Every week we face different challenges and small scenarios, but we will do our job to be ready.”
Amad has scored a promising six goals in 20 league appearances, while Carrick has an impressive 66.7% winning percentage since he took his first full-time managerial position.