Solskjaer issues update on Man Utd's plans for Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains hopeful that Amad Diallo will be granted a work permit and allowed to complete his move to Manchester United next month, while Facundo Pellistri is settling in well.

The highly-rated teenage attackers both agreed moves to Old Trafford on deadline day, with the Uruguayan forward immediately moving to Manchester and Diallo remaining with Atalanta.

Pellistri has already made several appearances for United’s Under-23 side, while Diallo has made just one substitute appearance in Serie A but did have a dazzling cameo against Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

When the transfer window reopens, United hope to rubberstamp their deal for the 18-year-old and begin involving him with the squad, and Solskjaer has been tracking his progress in Italy.

‘Amad has come on a few times for Atalanta and is a very exciting talent,’ he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing West Ham on Saturday.

‘Hopefully we’ll get the work permit and he’ll be with us in January. He’s a very, very exciting boy as well.’

On Pellistri, he explained: ‘Facundo has come in trained with the first-team, he’s done well.

‘We felt now is time for him to get game time, he played a couple of games in reserves, gradually settled in nicely and is more used to us.’

The youthful signings have been supplemented with experience, with Solskjaer happier with the balance of his squad now, saying: ‘Last season we were the youngest team in the Premier League and have been looking at ways to improve the squad.

‘Young talent or experienced ones and with the signings of Bruno [Fernandes], Donny [Van de Beek] and Alex [Telles] and Edinson [Cavani] the balance of the squad has been improved.

‘[Cavani is] a different type of centre forward, he can play a different way and his experience in world football, he’s come in and shown the young lads how to live your life and last your career.’

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