Diogo Dalot joined Manchester United in June 2018 from FC Porto. He was on loan at Serie A club AC Milan from October 2020 to June 2021. And since his return to Manchester he’s been an outstanding player for United’s first team. Dalot’s potential of attacking even as a defender makes him a valuable asset for the team.
Dalot’s importance for Manchester United’s defence
Erik Ten Hag was almost ready to sell Dalot to Barcelona in order to get another striker. Gladly, that did not happen as Dalot has been one of the most essential players for United’s defence this season. In fact, the Portuguese international has been United’s key player this season with many defenders facing injuries. Dalot’s ball interception and forte of being able to hold on the ball shows his progress as a player.
The battle of the defenders
The battle between Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a regular start on the right side of Manchester United’s defence started much before Erik Ten Hag was appointed as their manager in 2022. However, the Portuguese defender has made 31 appearances compared to Wan-Bissaka’s 17 appearances, and he has performed remarkably well. According to the Season Performance Stats, Dalot is currently ranking #86 while Bissaka is at #243 in the Premier League.
“I think it’s really close, the competition between them.”
-stated Ten Hag in April 2023
For how long is Dalot going to stay?
The full-back recently signed a new contract which will extend his stay at Manchester United until June 2028, with an option of staying one more year ahead. Dalot’s dedication and perseverance can be seen on the field. Moreover, this season, particularly due to Wan-Bissaka’s injury issues, Dalot has gone way more ahead in their rivalry of being the first choice. The best part is that he is only going to be making more progress in the seasons to come and he will be of significant value to the club in the seasons ahead.
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