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Manchester United winger Amad Diallo has urged his critics to ‘stop the hatred’ in a firmly-worded statement after deleting his social media accounts. The 21-year-old has not started a Premier League game for the Red Devils this season and has only made three appearances from the bench since recovering from a knee injury in December.

Amad recently wiped all mention of United from his social media accounts, fuelling speculation that he could be set to leave the club at the end of the season. He then changed his X (formerly Twitter) bio to read ‘this will all end’ in French, with his profile picture and cover photo showing him in action for Sunderland last season.

The Ivorian forward went on to deactivate his accounts, issuing a message via Snapchat to explain that he did so because of Ramadan and not because of any footballing reasons.

“I’ve deactivated my social media for a month just to focus on Ramadan,” said Amad, who is a devout Muslim. “Stop the hatred, there’s nothing wrong with what I did. It’s holy month for me and social media is a place where there are bad things to see during fasting.”

Amad has less than 18 months remaining on his current United deal but the club have the option to extend his contract by another year. He has been linked with summer moves to Birmingham and Watford in recent weeks, while he was tipped to depart on loan in January but ended up staying at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag recently insisted that Amad ‘deserves to play’ more for United despite being overlooked since his return from injury, with Antony’s muted form opening the door for the former Atalanta man to earn a regular first-team spot.

“The form Antony is in, we all have seen and he has to step up. I see it in training, but also Omari [Forson] and Amad Diallo and [Alejandro] Garnacho deserve to play,” said Ten Hag.

“He has to prove a point but he will be able to do that. He has big potential even though he hasn’t shown it lately, but I know what his talent is and it’s about him proving his talent, it’s about him.

“He will probably get his opportunities but I think that was probably always the idea and you have competitions and now he has to show himself on the training pitch but also others do. We have opportunities there with Diallo returning from injury. He’s doing well in training.”

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