Manchester United News: Diogo Dalot is the prime example of how things change if you are willing to work hard. The Portuguese fullback has fought his way back to the first team and looks like a certain starter.
If Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano is to be believed, the player is untouchable in the squad. Dalot has been starting games recently and getting better with each passing game. The former Porto man had one of his best games in the recent 1-0 win against West Ham at Old Trafford, where he kept a clean sheet.
The full-back is at the club since 2018. He was signed by then-Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, and he described him as a fantastic player. However, the youngster never managed to nail down a spot before this season because of injuries and form. First Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw him as the second fiddle and not a starter.
The Italian reporter mentioned that Borussia Dortmund wanted Dalot badly last summer and had plans to return for him in January. However, United has made it clear that the youngster isn’t going anywhere. It also comes down to Dalot’s persistence to become the number one at the club.
Manchester United News: Is Dalot finally a regular starter?
Romano was quick to highlight the never-say-die attitude of the player. The 22-year-old stayed and worked hard to become the first choice. Ralf Rangnick is delighted with what he sees from the right-back on the field.
Dalot took more than a fair share of his time to settle down at Old Trafford. The young fullback struggled with injuries and was unable to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the first team.
The former Porto man must be fearing his worst nightmare when he picked up a nasty injury in the FA Cup win against Aston Villa but fortunately, it wasn’t as bad as expected.
After seeing himself struggle to get game time, he preferred a loan move to outside and AC Milan wasted no time to get him.
Loan to Milan was the key?
Manchester United News: Many people were uncertain about his loan move to AC Milan. The fans wanted him to stay or to be sold permanently so that someone like Kieran Trippier could be brought in.
However, the improvement in Dalot’s game is visible to everyone. The Portuguese defensive game has improved, although it can improve even further. His case is the first team is also helped by Rangnick’s arrival. The German is more than willing to take risks with his line-up and play the attacking fullback.
The then 19-year-old was signed with high hopes. Coming out from the famous Porto’s youth system, the then Portuguese youth international was a talent for the future. However, they had to wait for three years before they can see signs of progress in the player. He is an upgrade over Wan-Bissaka going forward and has also been impressive on the defensive front.
His recent turn in form has seen him called up for the senior Portugal team, joining club teammates Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.