New Man United boss Erik ten Hag has been given optimism about the prospects of Diogo Dalot.
When a change in manager occurs, it often shifts the preferred playing personnel within the dressing room.
For instance, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a preference to utilise Aaron Wan-Bissaka as his first choice, though Ralf Rangnick chose to operate in a different manner, giving Diogo Dalot his fair share of starts.
No doubt Erik ten Hag will have his own favourites, while others will be pushed out of the frame.
Well, according to Fabrizio Romano’s latest Caught Offside column, one man who could shine is the aforementioned Dalot.
Apparently, Ten Hag has had ‘positive feedback’ about the 23-year-old United man, who could fit nicely into the new system deployed by our Dutch manager.
Romano adds that this could be a chance for Dalot’s United career to ‘really take off’.
There’s no doubt that Dalot fits more in line with what Ten Hag wants to achieve than Wan-Bissaka, though the point remains that the Portugal international just didn’t look good enough for large stretches during the 2021/22 term.
Dalot’s inconsistency could be put down to the fact that United struggled on the whole under Ralf Rangnick – and perhaps one final opportunity for Dalot under new management is exactly what the doctor ordered.
I will state that if United go into the season with just Dalot as the only viable right-back, I would be seriously concerned. Whispers of a move for Jurrien Timber definitely make sense, particularly as the young Dutch defender can also be deployed on that side of the backline.
For now, though, we have to fully back Ten Hag and give him time to work his magic with the players currently already at the club.
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