Manchester United fans were given a real treat on Wednesday night, when Jose Mourinho handed a first-team debut to the young Diogo Dalot.
Within minutes, the 19-year-old’s talents were obvious. He was great on the ball, tough in the tackle, quick skilful and an excellent crosser.
From that moment onwards, there have been calls for the young man from Portugal to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers; who visit Old Trafford tomorrow.
However, the former FC Porto man will not feature – presumably with Antonio Valencia coming back into the side in his place. Mourinho has explained the decision, and it does make sense…
“[Diogo] Dalot will not play tomorrow but he will play on Tuesday against Derby in the Carabao Cup,” Mourinho said, per @ManUtd. “I want him in this process of adaptation. I want him to play totally fresh.”
At the end of the day, we have to remember that Dalot is young and still learning. We also have to realise that the young man spent the whole summer injured. Rushing him back too soon could do far more harm than good. At this point in time, it just isn’t worth the risk.
Derby County is a much better game for him to be involved in. Plus, he has the full week to prepare for the opponent rather than being hurled into a game just a few days after playing last.
I like this decision by the manager, hopefully, it’ll pay off and we’ll see another Dalot masterclass on Tuesday evening.