Manchester United Football Club returns this weekend, after a two-week hiatus due to the pain that is international football. Following a sour loss away at Manchester City, Jose Mourinho will be hoping for all three points when Crystal Palace visit the Theatre of Dreams.
Before that clash, the self-proclaimed Special One will be delighted to learn that Diogo Dalot is fit and available for selection following his injury. Here at Old Trafford Faithful, we feel this presents the 55-year-old with the perfect opportunity to throw Dalot in at the deep end, and here is why…
Ability to bomb up and down the field
I find it crazy to think that United’s best options at right-back are two players who used to be wingers. These guys don’t know how to defend properly, they’re used to attacking. Against the good teams, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young will both be exposed. That’s largely due to their age.
Dalot is quick, tall, has an engine on him. That means that, even if he is caught out high up the field, he has the speed to get back and do his defensive duties. During his two starts for United so far, we’ve seen everything we need to know about him from a talent perspective. This boy can play.
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He can’t be any worse than Young & Valencia
It sounds harsh, but unfortunately, it’s true. Young and Valencia are way past their best. Even if Dalot played poorly, at least you know that he’ll learn and grow. The aforementioned duo are over the hill, for them the only way is down. Against Manchester City, Young was massively exposed by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.
Any young players coming into the team do so without any pressure on their shoulders. It’s that youthful exuberance that served Marcus Rashford so well during his breakthrough campaign, the same can be said for Adnan Januzaj – although his time at United was much more short-lived.
Opponents won’t know what to expect from Dalot, allowing him to focus solely on his game without the spotlight being shined in his direction. Crystal Palace presents the perfect opportunity for Mourinho to test him out. They’re a good Premier League side, but not one of the best. At home, Dalot will have the crowd behind him, and I’d like to think that United will largely be on the front foot, so we’ll get to see what he can do in an offensive capacity too…