Manchester United must make it a priority to give Diogo Dalot a new contract

Diogo Dalot continued his good form for Manchester United with his best ever performance for Portugal.

The right-back scored two goals in a 4-0 victory over Czech Republic, the first ever time he had scored for his country.

The match underlined Dalot’s recent rise to form, where he has become a regular for Manchester United.

One year ago he was not in such a strong position, as a clear second choice to Aaron Wan-Bissaka when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge.

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United must give Diogo Dalot a new contract

12 months ago there were questions over Dalot’s future at Old Trafford. He has now earned the right to be considered a key player for the future, regardless of whether United sign further competition at right-back.

Dalot was signed in 2018 for a fee of £19 million and his contract expires at the end of this season. United have an option to extend by a further 12 months.

What really now needs to happen is for United to sign Dalot to a long-term extension, he has earned it. Dalot has fought off competition to clearly establish himself as first choice.

He has been part of the United defence which has kept three clean sheets in the last five Premier League games.

His progress for Portugal underlines what a talented player United now have, and he cannot be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.

Along with Marcus Rashford, Dalot’s new contract must become a priority at Old Trafford over the next few months. United should not let the situation drag on into 2023.

Dalot appears happy at United, has never moaned when he has been out of the team, and is letting his football do the talking on the pitch. He would likely jump at a new contract offer.

A year ago there would have been some uncertainty as to whether Dalot deserved an extension. He has now very clearly shown that he does warrant a new deal. Manchester United have been left with an easy decision.

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