Solskjaer looking forward to having Diogo Dalot back at Man United

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has outlined his plans for Diogo Dalot.

To be brutally honest with you, I thought Diogo Dalot was finished at Manchester United. A string of average performances coupled with constant injury certainly left the Portuguese’s future up in the air.

Hence, a loan move to AC Milan was sanctioned last summer transfer window. The now 22-year-old would be given the opportunity to play games with regularity – a luxury he was never afforded at Old Trafford due to some mightily impressive Aaron Wan-Bissaka performances.

Dalot has managed to stay relatively injury-free, which was the main objective for the full-back this term. He’s also played 22 games across all competitions, which is the most apps he’s mustered since his 2019/19 debut campaign.

Now, while speaking to the media ahead of the second-leg against Dalot’s Milan side, Solskjaer has admitted he’s excited to get the United loanee back in the first-team next season. The gaffer said he’s ‘looking forward’ to having Dalot back.

Check out Solskjaer’s quotes in full here:

“The plan was always for Diogo this season… well, the main thing for Diogo was to be fit,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

“He never managed to be fit for a long spell when he was here because of injuries and now he’s kept fit all season and been available for them.

“He’s playing at a big club, big expectations, great history of the club. It’s been a good year for him. So, of course, I’ve been very pleased with his development this season, he’s our player and I’m looking forward to having him back.”

I’ve never doubted Dalot’s talents. He’s obviously a gifted young man. I just don’t believe he’s the right fit for United. Sadly, the competition at both right and left-back is just too strong for him. He’s not better than either Luke Shaw or the aforementioned Wan-Bissaka and a player like Dalot needs to be playing regularly.

My honest opinion is that this is probably Solskjaer trying to drive Dalot’s price up, by claiming he’s still a wanted commodity at Old Trafford. Maybe the gaffer would happily keep him around as a rotational option but I just don’t think Dalot will settle for that.

He was decent against United in the first leg at Old Trafford last week. Nothing more, nothing less, which kind of sums up his career at the Theatre of Dreams thus far.

If a team comes in with a suitable offer, I’d still expect to see him sold this summer. Whether AC Milan are willing to pull the trigger on a permanent deal remains to be seen.

Is Dalot good enough for Man United? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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