Three things spotted in Man Utd training as Diallo prepares for potential debut – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United return to Premier League action against Southampton on Tuesday night after the January transfer window closed.

Amad Diallo was United’s only addition in the winter window, with his transfer from Atalanta announced back in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trimmed his squad with a host of players leaving on loan in search of regular first-team football.

On the other hand, Southampton completed a deadline day swoop for Liverpool star Takumi Minamino with the Japan international joining the Saints on loan until the end of the season.

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While other clubs were focused on completing their deadline day business, Solskjaer led his United squad in a training session at Carrington.

Here is three things we spotted in training ahead of the Saints’ visit to Old Trafford.

Amad Diallo back in first-team training

Diallo joined the first-team for training
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Diallo made his long awaited United debut, albeit for the U23 side on Saturday against Liverpool on Merseyside.

The youngster did not disappoint, opening the scoring after just 14 minutes. He sent United fans into overdrive in the second half by chipping his penalty down the middle to cap an impressive debut.

His performance against United’s rivals proved he is ready for a step up in competition and he swiftly returned to training with the first-team.

Solskjaer confirmed he will decide on Thursday whether Diallo will be included in the matchday squad to face Everton.

He said: “We will make a decision on Amad in the week [on] what he does at the weekend – if he’s in our squad. It depends on many factors, if we have injuries or COVID. You never know, but he might be playing on Friday, yeah. I will make a decision on Thursday.”

Sergio Romero trains amid transfer uncertainty

Romero is back in United training.
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United outcast Marcos Rojo has sealed his departure from the club, leaving to join Boca Juniors, but Sergio Romero’s future remains unclear.

The Reds confirmed they will not be extending the goalkeeper’s deal and were looking to offload the 33-year-old during the winter window.

Solskjaer said: “Both of them have contracts until the summer and they’re not going to be extended. So we’re looking for them to find clubs.”

Romero did spend time in his native Argentina over the festive period but is now back in training amid uncertainty over his future.

He remains omitted from United’s Premier League squad and could still leave despite the English transfer window closing. The Argentinean window closes later this month with other windows around the world also still open.

United squad hint

Kovar trains with Bishop at Carrington.
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Romero was part of the large contingent of goalkeepers training at Carrington. First-choice goalkeepers David de Gea and Dean Henderson trained as usual but there was no sign of Lee Grant.

Instead, summer signing Nathan Bishop continued to train with the first-team despite not making his debut for the club.

Also joining the session was U23 goalkeeper Matej Kovar who returned to the club after his loan spell at Swindon Town was terminated last month.

Kovar endured a nightmare return in the U23 defeat to Leicester but bounced back with a commanding performance in the win against Liverpool.

The goalkeeper travelled separately from his teammates to Merseyside which could be an indication he is now part of the first-team bubble.