Brandon Williams showed on Thursday night that he can just as efficient at right-back as on the left.
He completed five dribbles and made three interceptions as United sauntered to another clean sheet in a 5-0 victory.
Williams was playing on the right with Aaron Wan-Bissaka rested. Diogo Dalot was injured again.
He took his chance and showed he can be a very viable option at the position.
We are almost two seasons into Dalot’s career at United since his £19 million move from Porto and we are yet to see the best of him.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s arrival has blocked his path somewhat, but the signing from Crystal Palace has felt like a necessity.
Dalot could not dislodge Ashley Young from the line up last season and has suffered with regular injuries.
This season Dalot has only one Premier League start to his name, plus a further five in all competitions.
Hopes that he could develop as a winger instead of a full-back are yet to cone to fruition.
Don’t give up yet
Dalot has been underwhelming since his 2018 move from Porto due to his lack of availability.
Generally when he has played, he has done well, and scored his first United goal in the FA Cup earlier this year.
He is only 20-years-old, just one year more senior than Brandon Williams, and has potential to be an asset for United if he can stay fit.
What he cannot afford is a 2020/21 season like this one, where he barely plays and spends most of his time out injured or on the bench.
Questions are beginning to be asked of him right now, perhaps prematurely, but Williams’ emergence as a right-back options threatens Dalot’s chances of game time further.
With under-23 talent Ethan Laird in the background too, albeit battling his own injury prone tendency, Dalot could end up getting squeezed out.
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