Why Diogo Dalot is now the first-choice right-back for Manchester United – The Athletic


Atletico Madrid, Manchester United’s Champions League Round of 16 opponents in just over two weeks, have asked about signing Diogo Dalot in the January window.

The response was similar to the one United received after inquiring about Atletico centre-back Jose Gimenez four years ago when Jose Mourinho was manager: no chance.

Diego Simeone, who liked the fact that Dalot could play in both full-back positions, wanted him as a replacement for Newcastle-bound Kieran Trippier, whom United wanted to sign last summer. It didn’t happen because Atletico refused to sell and priced Trippier too high, so United started the season with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dalot at right-backs – and Wan-Bissaka played the 90 full minutes in 12 supervised Premier League games. by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Dalot, signed from Porto for £19million in the summer of 2018, was frustrated; his status was a far cry from what Mourinho, the manager who signed him, portrayed that year. “Everyone knows he has fantastic potential,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to compare, especially not the number of titles, but he is probably the same age as Gary Neville when he arrived in the first team.


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