The recent news of Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s injury has certainly not gone down well with the Manchester United fanbase.
Wan-Bissaka’s injury means the club isn’t too far off from fielding a full eleven of players who are injured and it is yet again another muscular injury.
The muscular injuries are certainly building up and you wonder if that is a symptom of training or another issue altogether.
Diogo Dalot’s chance
The Portuguese right-back became Ten Hag’s first choice when the Dutchman came to United. This was helped by Wan-Bissaka’s injury problems at the start of last season.
While the former Palace man’s rejuvenation meant he became the eventual first choice, Dalot has another opportunity to re-assert himself.
One issue Dalot had in the recent months was the constant chopping and changing between himself and Wan-Bissaka. It has been hard for him to get a run of regular games, with rotation, and Dalot often saw himself left out of bigger matches. He now has a chance to play week-in and week-out like he did at the start of last season, when his form hit a high point in his United career.
The Portuguese right-back has always been the better, more natural option going forward.
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His touch, his dribbling abilities and his crossing make him a much fluid option going forward but it is his defending that has always prevented him from being the outstanding option in defence.
However, strong recent performances suggest the defender may well have developed that aspect.
Dalot’s defensive tests
The former FC Porto defender has had to face Bukayo Saka and Kaoru Mitoma, two wingers who are usually tormenting opposition full-backs, but the Portuguese defender stood up to them well.
Back at his regular position of right-back, with Sergio Reguilon impressing at left-back, Dalot may well feel more confident in that position.
It certainly won’t get any easier for the Portuguese defender as he will have to face Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies on Wednesday night.
Dalot has a huge chance to claim his position back as the first choice for the former Ajax boss and, if his last two performances are anything to go by, he could well be on his way to establishing himself as the undisputed right-back once again.