Manchester United could have discovered new position for Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot: Signed from FC Porto.

When Diogo Dalot was introduced as a second-half substitute against Southampton, eyebrows were raised when we saw him play as a right-winger; higher up the field than former wide-man Ashley Young.

Within two minutes, we were all sileced. Dalot’s bursting run created space for Andreas Pereira to lash home and draw United level. Talk about instant impact.

From that point forward, several quality attacks began to take place down that right-hand side. It was all thanks to Dalot. He showed legitimate pace, a genuinely ability to cross the ball into the box and an intelligence to pick the right pass and make the right runs.

For that, credit has to go to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Baby Faced Assassin took a real risk in playing him ‘out of position’, although United could have just discovered Dalot’s new home from this point forward.

He’s tailor-made to be a wide man as the Portuguese certainly ticks all the right boxes, and rather than the naivety of youth getting the better of him when defending – at least he’ll have someone in behind him.

We’ve seen glimpses of his ability during his debut season and this lad clearly has the attributes to become a top player. The £19million transfer fee is already looking like a steal, with Dalot only going to get better as he gets older while adapting to the English game.

In terms of a example, he should look at Gareth Bale who also started life as a full-back before being converted into a winger. Both have similar body-types, both have similar traits. If Dalot can go on to have half the career that the Welshman has, then it’d be an immensely successful one!

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