Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf made his Manchester United debut as a late substitute against Birmingham City last weekend. Diouf, 22, signed from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former club Molde in the summer before being loaned back. The striker, who now wears Carlos Tevez’ number 32, scored 33 goals in 75 games for the Norwegian club.
Diouf’s signature, captured for a reported 50 million Kroner (around £5 million), followed a two year pursuit by Sir Alex Ferguson’s scouts of the powerful international.
“He has adapted very well to our training regime and has looked very impressive,” Ferguson told Inside United magazine last week.
“He is quick, very good in the air and a good striker of the ball. Overall, he is a really good centre-forward and he will play a part this season.”
Daka-born Diouf made his international debut against Democratic Republic of Congo in August last year, although the forward misses out on the Africa Cup of Nations after Senegal failed to qualify for the finals.
Time will tell whether Diouf is the next Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or the next Manucho but for now Mame, good luck!