Manchester United Football Club made just three signings over the summer, with the only real major one being Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. The midfielder has barely featured this term, while another signing has, slowly but surely, started to get involved.
We’re talking about the young Diogo Dalot, who was brought in from FC Porto in a deal worth under £20million. For a man who only played a handful of first-team games for the Portuguese club, it certainly was a bold move by the self-proclaimed Special One.
After two great displays in cup competition, Dalot was hoping to get his opportunity to play in the league. He’d have to wait, however, due to injury, but against Southampton, the young man was handed his top-flight debut off the substitutes bench. Little did he know he’d be taking part in the biggest game of his career just a few days later…
Due to an injury crisis ravaging the squad, Dalot would be thrown into the line-up for a home game against Arsenal. The game finished 2-2, and it’s fair to say Mourinho was hugely impressed with the young man following the game.
‘I knew it. [Dalot] Came with a surgery and then when he was coming back he went to the national team and he played two matches in three days, had a problem again but I think Manchester United has a right-back for the next 10 years.’ Mourinho boldly stated when asked about Dalot’s quality, per The Metro.
‘The kid Diogo, fantastic. Gary Neville must be thinking now Manchester United has a right-back for 10 years, a very good right-back for 10 years.’
saying that he could be the right-back for the next decade is a huge statement, but one that could well be true. He has all the makings of a world-class right-back, and no doubt the experience against Arsenal will only help his development.
Sure, there were a few mistakes here and there, and as the game went on, you could tell he was feeling the burn due to a lack of playing time, but on the whole, it was a pleasing evening.
He’s quick, strong, tall, tough in the tackle and positionally aware. As he builds up fitness and experience, he’s only going to get better. As the season goes on, no doubt we’ll see him involved more and more, and I’m massively looking forward to it.