Diogo Dalot deserves to keep his place ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Diogo Dalot is expected to be fit for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday evening, according to Manchester Evening News.

Dalot picked up a nasty foot injury in the first half of United’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Steven Gerrard’s men but remained on for the full 90 minutes.

The £19 million (BBC) man posted an update on Twitter about the injury, which required stitches but seemingly will not require him to miss any games.

The report claims he is set for a recovery session yesterday and sees no reason why he cannot play in Saturday’s meeting.


Dalot proved himself and deserves to start again on Saturday

Dalot is not the tallest but nobody won more headers in a red shirt than him all night, as per WhoScored, and the same goes for interceptions (both 3).

His two tackles was a tally only bettered by Scott McTominay and the Portuguese defender also chipped in with a key pass, to go with his attacking intent in the periods of play when United were able to show what they could do going forward.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka was stripped and ready to come on when Dalot was down and it looked like the Portuguese international would need to come off.

But Dalot soldiered on and played well despite an unconvincing team performance, proving the strength of his character to Ralf Rangnick, as well as his quality.

That means that there should not be an easy route back into the side for Wan-Bissaka, with Dalot still not having let United down under Rangnick.

With Villa playing a narrow system under Gerrard, there is more space out wide for full backs to exploit and that suits Dalot more than Wan-Bissaka, given he is better going forward.

The team performance on Monday night will have given Rangnick plenty to think about, given the fact he changed formation to a 4-2-3-1 but still saw his side unable to exert control in the game for any sustained period of time.

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Perhaps he will consider changes and a more conservative lineup away from home, but there was not an awful lot from Dalot’s performance to criticise.

Wan-Bissaka had established himself as first choice under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Rangnick’s arrival offered everybody a clean slate and Dalot has arguably taken that opportunity better than anybody else at Old Trafford so far, and deserves to be rewarded for that with another start on Saturday.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.