On a very dull evening of Europa League football in Holland, Diogo Dalot might have been one of the only bright spots for Manchester United.
The right-back was back in the side to make his second appearance of the season, following up the recent win over Astana.
To his credit he has helped United to clean sheets in both matches.
Dalot’s performance in this one was defensively still a little suspect, but he got away with it against a limited AZ Alkmaar team
More impressive was Dalot’s attacking play, particularly in the first half.
Dalot was keen to get forward and worked hard to do so. The problem was that when he did get into a position to cross, there was nobody in the box for him to pick out.
United have to work on this, and Dalot can learn to slow down and hold the ball up and wait for players to arrive, rather than fire the cross in aimlessly regardless.
At least he showed some attacking intent, on a night where there was not much from United. The team did not even manage a shot on target in the 0-0 draw.
There are many fans who believe Dalot should be an option on the right wing, especially when Aaron Wan-Bissaka resumes the right-back spot.
This game was useful for him to get 90 minutes under his belt and he could be a contender to start this weekend on the wing against Newcastle, or at right-back if Wan-Bissaka is not recovered from illness.
He completed more dribbles (4) than any United player, and he attempted three crosses, more than the rest of the team combined.
There were some positive comments from supporters about Dalot during and after the game…
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