Diogo Dalot, along with millions of Manchester United fans, have been waiting for this moment all summer.
The 19-year-old right-back, signed from FC Porto, made his Red Devils debut away at Young Boys this evening – and it was great to see the new signing in action for the first time.
In two U23s appearances, the £19million man looked a cut above. Jose Mourinho couldn’t have chosen a better game to give him a run-out, and from the get-go, Dalot looked right at home.
Strong, quick, excellent on the ball and tough in the tackle, all the full-back attributes were on display throughout. Perhaps what was most impressive was the excellent crossing ability that he possesses, firing in a few balls that gave the Young Boys defence real problems.
After only playing a handful of first-team games in his career, Dalot came to Old Trafford as an unknown quantity, although it’s early, it was brilliant watching him bomb up and down that right-hand side in a natural manner. So often we’ve been accustomed to out-of-position players stuck in the full-back slots, and now it looks as though those days are coming to an end (thankfully).
As you’d imagine, United fans were buzzing all over social media, and hopefully, this is the start of a long and fruitful United career for the young man.
That touch ?
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— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2018
Diogo Dalot been about United's best player in the first 25 minutes.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) September 19, 2018
Dalot doing more for United's right back position in five minutes than Valencia has done in three years
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) September 19, 2018
Dalot has just put in the best cross our right backs have in the last 5 years
— Scotty Tridge ?? (@ScottTridge) September 19, 2018
Dalot and Shaw starting as full backs for the first time together, a midfield three of Fred, Pogba and Matic and a front three of Martial, Lukaku and Rashford. We’re being blessed tonight.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) September 19, 2018
Took Dalot 70 seconds to put in a better cross than Valencia has in 2 seasons.
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) September 19, 2018
Dalot is already United’s best right back since 2014
— Wayne Barton (@WayneSBarton) September 19, 2018