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Man Utd forward chooses surprise next club, with Ten Hag to make difficult decision that could backfire

Man Utd forwards Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo

A Man Utd attacker has one particular club in mind if loaned out this summer, and the final decision in that regard will be made by Erik ten Hag very shortly, per a report.

The Red Devils could preside over something of a clear-out this summer, with the exits mark potentially due to hit double figures. Regarding first-teamers specifically, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe will both leave as free agents.

Elsewhere, the Telegraph reported United will explore permanent sales for Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Fred, Scott McTominay, Anthony Elanga and Anthony Martial.

Donny van de Beek is another on the chopping block and has already been offered on a season-long loan to Roma. Per Fabrizio Romano, Roma opted against taking the Dutchman on board.

However, today’s update regards livewire winger Amad Diallo who is coming off the back of a breakthrough campaign while loaned to Sunderland.

Indeed, the 20-year-old Ivory Coast winger scored 14 and assisted three with the Black Cats last season.

Amad’s efforts helped Sunderland qualify for the Championship play-offs, though their promotion hopes were dashed by Luton Town at the semi-final stage.

The Manchester Evening News claimed Amad will be given a chance to impress in pre-season. If he shines, the opportunity is there to be integrated into Ten Hag’s first-team straight away.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano United and Ten Hag are primed to make a final decision on Amad before pre-season is in full swing.

The transfer guru tweeted the forward’s future is “still open”, adding United will make a “final decision on Amad in the next weeks”.

From the player’s perspective, Amad hopes to earn a spot in United’s squad next season. However, that decision is out of his hands and will be made by Ten Hag.

In the event Ten Hag decides more seasoning via another loan spell is required, Amad has one specific club he’d like to join.

Romano noted Amad’s preference is to re-join Sunderland despite the fact they failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. Clearly, he enjoyed his time in the north east and would fancy a second spell with Sunderland in the Championship.

That scenario would certainly be greeted warmly by Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray who previously insisted he’d love nothing more than to re-sign Amad a second time for the 2023/24 campaign.

Whether Mowbray gets his wish is now down to Ten Hag and a decision should be made in the coming weeks.

Determining what to do with a player who clearly has bags of potential is something Ten Hag must carefully consider.

Loaning him out would relieve Ten Hag of a potentially explosive attacking option back at Old Trafford. Alternatively, if Amad were retained at United and his game-time was limited, his development would be stunted.

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