Diogo Dalot will have fond memories of Manchester United’s next opponents.
The full-back made his Red Devils debut against Young Boys in 2018. This week, those two sides clash once more.
Dalot impressed in pre-season and deserves a start on Tuesday. United have stuck with Aaron Wan-Bissaka so far. But the England man has looked out of sorts at times and his Portuguese teammate deserves a run-out.
Three years ago, Dalot was hailed by the Guardian as a ‘proper find’ after his outstanding performance. That was the same day Jose Mourinho said his countryman would be a United player for the next decade.
Two goals from Paul Pogba and one from Anthony Martial gave United a routine 3-0 victory. Dalot left the field with a spring in his step and an eye on a glittering future.
Unfortunately, things have not gone to plan since. Dalot fell down the pecking order and is now very much behind Wan-Bissaka.
But a strong summer prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep him around, and he will get chances.
Time to shine
Dalot’s first start of the new campaign could come this week. The £19million man (BBC) deserves it and he could yet oust his fellow right-back in United’s starting XI – especially when Solskjaer wants more attacking thrust.
Wan-Bissaka has started all four league games for United. With the matches coming thick and fast, rotation could be key, and Dalot could kick off the European campaign.
Now 22, Dalot knows how important this season is. He excelled on loan last time out and was tipped to do the same. However, links with Kieran Trippier came to nothing and Brandon Williams’ temporary exit gives the Portuguese ample opportunity to step in.
Many United fans believe Dalot has the quality to succeed at Old Trafford. This week could be his latest chance to prove them right.
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