Manchester United’s head coach, Erik ten Hag, has hinted at a potential positional shift for winger Amad Diallo and also considered utilizing Omari Forson out of position for the team.
Addressing the issue of not signing a striker in the recent January transfer window, Ten Hag expressed the club’s desire to secure a new forward, especially following Anthony Martial’s injury. Despite receiving offers for several strikers, including Sebastien Haller and Hugo Ekitike, United did not make any signings, citing Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints.
Ten Hag now contemplates using Amad Diallo, primarily a winger, and Omari Forson, aged 19, in a striker role due to the limited options in that position. Diallo, described by former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as an “exciting young prospect,” has predominantly played as a winger and was previously linked with a loan move to Sunderland.
However, Ten Hag acknowledged the challenges of FFP regulations, stating, “There are some disadvantages with FFP. To make space for FFP, you have to sell players, and you have to sell good players, and I don’t think that’s the way you build a team.” The United manager emphasized the need for creativity in the No 9 position due to FFP constraints.
Expressing the team’s limitations and potential solutions, Ten Hag stated, “We have Omari, we have Amad Diallo. Of course, we have (Marcus) Rashford who can play there. But I think for the rest, all the positions are occupied. We have to be a little bit creative; it’s up to the No 9 position.”
While Ten Hag explores alternative options, caution is advised regarding Diallo’s use as a striker. The winger’s primary role is on the flanks, and a shift to a striking position may pose challenges to his confidence. As United aims for a top-four finish in the Premier League, the manager’s decisions in player positioning will play a crucial role in the team’s performance.