Amad catches the eye with moment ‘like Messi’ ahead of Europa League final

Amad had Manchester United fans comparing him to Lionel Messi after dazzling in a practice game ahead of the Europa League final.

Ahead of Wednesday's clash with Villarreal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's stars lined up against each other at the Gdansk Stadion.

And teenage signing Amad drew comparisons with Barcelona legend Messi after footage from the training game emerged on social media.

In the video, the 18-year-old could be seen winning the ball in midfield before carrying it forward with his right foot, then feigning onto his preferred left and playing a through-ball between two defenders for Dan James to fire home past David de Gea.

And the Ivorian's close control, balance and perfectly-weighted pass into space reminded United supporters of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"Amad plays like Messi," said one fan on Twitter. "This ain't over hyping a young player, no his weight of pass is just insane for an 18 years old, he does those slide rule pass Messi does."

Another supporter described Amad as "the closest stylistically to Messi I’ve seen…", while another agreed, saying: "100%, no one will be as good as Messi but I definitely agree his play style is identical to an 18 year old Messi."

Others highlighted the weight of Amad's pass, with one asking "How does he find those passes" while another replied: "He's Messi".

While he has played as a winger with United's under-23s and at previous club Atalanta, many see Amad developing into an attacking playmaker, with one fan tweeting "He's a 10" while another said "his best asset is his passing i could tell from his u23 games as well".

Fans were predicting big things from the youngster in the future, with one supporter saying "Gonna be some player" and another posting: "He’s actually so good man all he needs is a bit more muscle for strength and he will be goated."

And fans also had praise for James, who came in for criticism after missing a chance against Wolves at the weekend – with some supporters noticing he how began his run as soon as he saw what Amad was going to do.

"Did you guys see where dan James started is run," tweeted one fan. "When he know the ball was in the foot of a baller ..james will be a important player for us in the future mark my word."

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