Manchester United signed Amad Diallo in October 2020 but completed his move this Thursday. Following the deal, the club has confirmed that the teenager will don #19 at least for this year.
Amad Diallo has been handed jersey No. 19 at Old Trafford for this season, and he follows in the footsteps of great names. After joining the club last season, he stayed at Atalanta on loan.
The signing cost Manchester United £37million; he signed for £19million, with add-ons expected to go up to £18m. On Thursday, he passed his medicals and agreed on personal terms with the club.
An official club statement has confirmed that the teenager has been handed the number 19, and will have his first name ‘Amad’ on his back. Donning the #19 follows several illustrious names, although others did not live to the expectations.
The shirt was first donned by the class of ’92 midfielder Nicky Butt. Butt made 78 appearances and later switched to #8 in 1996. He was followed by Ronny Johnsen and Dwight Yorke
The shirt was made famous by Dwight Yorke, who scored 65 goals in four seasons. Others to have donned the shirt include goalkeeper Ricardo and midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba, both of whom found life difficult at Old Trafford.
Edwin van der Sar also wore the shirt for one season before switching to #1, while Gerard Pique wore the same during his time at the club. Danny Welbeck wore it for six seasons while Marcus Rashford made 105 appearances in the shirt, before switching to #10. James Wilson, currently at Salford City, wore the shirt between Welbeck and Rashford.
Amad Diallo made only five appearances for Atalanta, and it is therefore unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will push him straight into the starting XI. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his desire to nurture Amad, describing him as ‘one of the hottest prospects’.