Luke Shaw claims Amad Diallo reminds him of Riyad Mahrez

Luke Shaw backs up Harry Maguire’s claim that Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo plays like Riyad Mahrez – as £37m wonderkid has ‘skill and agility’ similar to Man City winger

  • Luke Shaw agrees with Harry Maguire’s claim about youngster Amid Diallo
  • The pair agree Diallo, 18, reminds them of Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez 
  • The £37m hopeful made his United debut in 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad
  • Shaw says Diallo has the ‘skill and agility’ much like the mercurial City winger 

Luke Shaw claims Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo reminds him of the star winger of rivals Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez.

Diallo, 18, joined United from Atalanta in October for £37million and made his debut as a late substitute in his side’s 4-0 Europa League win against Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Despite his lack of action so far, Diallo is tipped for a bright future in the game after impressing for United’s U23s side, and left-back Shaw revealed he has dazzled during first team training sessions. 

 Luke Shaw has compared Amad Diallo (left) to Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez (right)

Shaw says the youngster will not be too far from getting some more first team action soon

‘He’s still so young but he’s come into training and you can tell he’s got confidence,’ Shaw told Sky Sports after being pressed on the youngster during a Q&A with fans. 

‘You can tell by the way he plays, his first touch is brilliant, the way he takes the ball and drives at players. He’s got great skill. 

‘Of course, like I said, very skilful and got a long way to go. But you can tell already he’s going to be one for the future and I’m sure he’s not far away from getting a first team appearance. 

£37million summer signing, 18, made Manchester United debut as a substitute on Thursday

Shaw says he and Harry Maguire agree that Diallo has the ‘skill and agility’ of the City winger

The 25-year-old revealed his team-mate and club captain Harry Maguire feels Diallo reminds him of Mahrez after the pair played together at Leicester City, a sentiment Shaw agrees with. 

‘He’s a wonderful talent and already a wonderful player so I’m sure fans are looking forward to seeing him on the pitch. 

‘It was interesting because Harry said to me the other day that he reminds him of Mahrez when he was at Leicester. 

‘Really quick, skilful, agility, can turn really quick, got great skills and I would agree with Harry – he does remind me of Mahrez.

‘Even the way Mahrez plays now I’ve seen the qualities that Amad already has and has shown in training. 

Harry Maguire (left) had first-hand view of Mahrez’s (right) abilities while pair were at Leicester

‘Mahrez is a wonderful player so hopefully if he’s any good like him it would be great for United.’ 

After coming on as a late substitute in United’s impressive round of 32 first leg victory, former United player Owen Hargreaves labelled Diallo a ‘special one of the future, while Paul Scholes revealed he has impressed him when he has watched the Red Devils U23 games.

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