Amad came off the bench to score for Rangers, while Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side kept their distant Scottish Premier League title hopes alive by beating St Mirren 2-0 at Ibrox
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has claimed the club are yet to make a decision on loanee Amad’s future.
The 19-year-old joined the Scottish champions in January with his opportunities at Manchester United extremely limited. But after scoring on his debut, Amad was back on the sidelines, playing just 239 minutes in the league in five months.
It seemed almost a guarantee that the striker – whose transfer from Atalanta to United could eventually exceed £35million – would return to Old Trafford at the end of the season. But after showing a glimpse of his talent in defeating St Mirren, the door seems to be at least ajar.
Amad came off the bench at half-time in Rangers’ clash with Dundee United on Sunday, knowing only a win would keep their tenuous title hopes alive. And in an impressive 45-minute display, the youngster scored the crucial second with a skillful finish after being put through by Fashion Sikala.
Van Bronckhorst has been able to field some of the lesser-seen members of his squad, with the Gers now mostly focused on the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt later this month. And the Dutchman accepts Amad needs more regular minutes to flourish but said a final decision on his prospects for the next term has not yet been made.
“Today we were able to give a lot of players the chance to make minutes. I think Amad is a player who benefits from that. He’ll get minutes in the final games,” said the Rangers coach after scoring.
“You could see what he brings to the team. I’m very happy with his performance today and with his behavior overall. As for what happens next season, we haven’t discussed his future.
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“As soon as it has to be decided what the squad will look like next year, we will also decide who we want to bring on board.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Amad his full United debut during his tenure as manager, with the winger opening his account during the Europa League quarter-final game against AC Milan. Injuries hampered him in the first half of this season but previously the ex-United boss had predicted an extremely bright future for the prodigy, predicting he would become a key member of his parent club’s squad.
“He’s still a young lad, he’s 18, but obviously we see top potential in him,” Solskjaer said last year. “He’s a very good boy, very personable, he works hard. Of course he has to adapt to a new country, a new language.
“He doesn’t speak English well enough to feel confident enough to join the conversations – but that’s coming, he’s learning. We believe that mentally, technically and physically he has the qualities to be a top player for us.”
Erik ten Hag, who will take up his tenure at the end of the current season, will take stock of the full Manchester United squad and has scheduled one-on-one meetings with each player signed by the club. He is expected to make sweeping changes in his first summer in charge as United try to recover from a historically poor campaign.
Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Brighton saw United under Ralf Rangnick finish with their lowest-ever Premier League points tally and could still miss out on Europa League qualification.