When Manchester United signed Diogo Dalot for £19millon last summer (BBC), few fans knew what they were getting.
However, an impressive debut against Young Boys gave a tantalising glimpse of what was to come. And Dalot’s performances against Arsenal and Fulham suggest he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.
The 19-year-old was outstanding against the Cottagers. His rampaging runs and quick delivery set up chance after chance. And he is now a far better option than the ageing Antonio Valencia and the versatile Ashley Young.
United’s history is full of exciting wide players and Dalot’s dynamism suggests he will soon join the list.
What United need is attacking thrust from all areas, and Dalot is a brilliant option who can help Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford thrive.
Too much of United’s play under Mourinho is slow and steady. What Dalot offers is unpredictability and instant threat.
He is already United’s best option at right-back and the manager must accept that.
Gone are the days of picking experienced players for the sake of it. Rashford is thriving up front, Luke Shaw is resurgent and Dalot is too good to ignore.