African star makes Man Utd history

UEFA Europa League

Ivory Coast wonderkid Amad Diallo made history for Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

Diallo, who joined the Red Devils from Atalanta in a deal worth between €25 million (R445 million) – €40 million (R712 million) in January, scored his first goal for the club with his first shot on target in Thursday's 1-1 Europa League draw against AC Milan.

In doing so, the Cote d'Ivoire starlet became the youngest-ever African, and indeed non-British player to score for the club in a European competition at the age of 18 years and 243 days, according to Opta.

He is also the fourth-youngest player of any nationality to net a goal for the Premier League giants in a major European tournament, behind teammates Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, and club legend George Best.

Prior to his move to England, Diallo made five senior appearances for Atalanta and became Serie A's third-youngest African goalscorer upon scoring his maiden professional goal in 2019, with only Khouma Babacar and Richmond Boakye netting in the league at a younger age.

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