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  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides an update on Amad Diallo's injury
  • Solskjaer says Diallo could be back after the next international break
  • The teenager has earned comparisons to both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

A Manchester United striker could make his return sooner than expected.

Amad Diallo was denied the chance to spend a loan spell with Feyenoord this season due to an unfortunate injury he incurred during training.

However, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave fans a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel after he confirmed that Diallo could be back after “a month.”

 “Still injured, still out for about a month,” Solskjaer told Manchester United’s official website of Diallo. “So maybe after the next international break [in October] he will be available for us which is great for us.”

“It was bad timing for him to get that injury but he's working really hard and the kid is going to be a good one,” the manager added.

Solskjaer also said that upon recovery, Diallo will immediately be competing for a spot in the first team.

Diallo completed his transfer from Atalanta to Manchester United in January. Right there and then, the Ivorian has already been open about his desire to represent the Red Devils.

“I’m over the moon to be here,” Diallo told the club’s official website in a statement. “I’m so excited to start here at Manchester United. It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to start and play with the guys.”

“I’m here and I’m very happy to be here. I’m expecting a lot from my experience here and I’m looking forward to starting.”

Job done: Manchester United's comfortable win at Tranmere was a welcome relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Job done: Manchester United's comfortable win at Tranmere was a welcome relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS

Before his injury, Diallo played a total of 11 games for Manchester United, registering an impressive tally of five goals and four assists in the process.

Due to his savvy footwork and exceptional ability to attack, Diallo was earned comparisons to Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi.

But for Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, the 19-year-old fairly resembles the overall character and game of his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

“If you see his clips and speak to people at the club who are involved in buying him, potentially this kid could be a world-beater,” Ferdinand said of Diallo earlier this year.

“That is the thought of Manchester United people, that this kid is one they have unearthed. I don’t want to put the pressure of [Cristiano] Ronaldo on him, but no one knew about Ronaldo when we bought him other than the people in Portugal. This kid seems similar in that sense and if you see his clips and the way people talk about him, the world is his oyster if he applies himself right.”