Manchester United’s last two matches have included defeats to Tottenham and Brighton. The fans, the players, and the manager are all frustrated with this start to the season. However, injecting Diogo Dalot into the first team, as soon as he’s fully fit, could give everyone at Manchester United a lift.
Dalot Can Offer Unique Qualities
Dalot typically plays at right-back, but he’s also capable of filling in as a left-back. Additionally and most importantly, Dalot has the ability to stay close to the perimeters of the pitch. For example, he can knock the ball past an opponent and sprint to the byline. In doing so, he can stretch opposition defences, create space for players in central positions, and increase the likelihood of scoring a goal. Far too many players in the squad wish to do the exact opposite in wide areas of the pitch. Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Antonio Valencia all generally dart centrally. As a result, Manchester United’s attacks become congested instead of fluid. Dalot can offer a solution in this area, which could make a massive difference in this team.
A stunning goal or a ferocious tackle can give fans an electric feeling. The same feeling can be triggered when a young player stamps their authority on a football pitch. For example, consider when Marcus Rashford put two goals past Arsenal at Old Trafford on his debut. Diogo Dalot can have a similar effect at the club. At this moment, the fans are disappointed, the manager appears frustrated, and the players look bereft of confidence. This represents an opportunity for a player like Dalot to give Manchester United a lift. If he can show qualities like determination and composure, he will become a fan-favourite and a crucial member of the squad.
Jose Mourinho has spoken highly of Dalot’s mentality. Mourinho believes that FC Porto, Dalot’s previous club, prepares its players for the intensity required at the top level of football. At the moment, too many Manchester United first team players showcase a fragile mentality. That is, too many players lose their concentration, become discouraged after conceding a goal, or let their performance level drop when a teammate has an off game. Of course, only time will tell if Dalot can be different and rise to the challenges of playing for Manchester United. Still, there are details that suggest he will deliver for the fans, his teammates, the manager, and the owners.
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