Well, folks, here it is. Manchester United fans have been patiently awaiting the Premier League debut of Diogo Dalot. Now, he’s about to get his chance.
Jose Mourinho met the media before the Red Devils’ game against Southampton tomorrow evening, and the 19-year-old teenager, who was signed for £19million over the summer, is set to make his mark.
In his two outings so far, the young man from Portugual has thoroughly impressed. He’s quick, strong, tall and energetic. All traits that United’s right-sided full-back have lacked recently.
“Players must be ready and in this case some are going away to the medical room and others are coming back,”explained the Reds boss.“For example, this weekend will be the first call for Dalot. He’s ready now.”Mourinho told ManUtd.com.
”He had an important injury and then surgery, and then a second injury with the national team [Portugal Under-21s] when he was already playing against Young Boys and Derby County. When he was almost there, he was injured for the national team but now he’s had two weeks of training and we think he’s ready now.“
I’m genuinely excited to watch this young boy play. Against both Young Boys and Derby County, Dalot was exceptional. It’s no coincidence that when he plays, rather than Antonio Valencia or Ashley Young (two converted wingers), United look a whole lot better. Having the balance is massively important, and I genuinely think it’ll make a massive impact on the team as a whole.
I just hope that Dalot starts well and get the confidence under his belt. If that happens, then this could well be the start of him beginning to make his mark in the long-term. I don’t want to put the pressure on him, but he could be our right-back for the best part of a decade…