Solskjaer says Joe Hugill closer to Man Utd first-team than Amad Diallo after four-goal masterclass against Liverpool

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has claimed sensation Joe Hugill is the youngster catching the eye over Amad Diallo.

Diallo, 18, completed his move to Old Trafford from Atalanta in January for a fee that could rise to a whopping £36million.

Man United coaches got to see the forward in action for the first time in an Under-23 clash with rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

But it was Hugill, 17, who stole the show by scoring four times in a 6-3 victory.

Diallo did show his potential with two goals including a cheeky Panenka penalty.

But Solskjaer admitted it was Hugill who is more likely to earn his spot in the first team.

Asked whether Diallo was pushing for his chance, the Norwegian responded: "We’re going to give him the time to settle in.

"If we go from that game [vs Liverpool], I’d pick Joe Hugill.

"Four goals by Hugill, he’s a top striker as well, we’re looking forward to seeing his development.


"Amad gets a good start and why Joe didn’t take the penalty himself to get five goals I’m going to ask him."

Hugill joined the academy from Sunderland last summer and has wasted no time in impressing.

He has scored 14 this season in both the under-18 and under-23 squads.

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