Diogo Dalot to Fight for His Place at Manchester United

Diogo Dalot

Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot will reportedly be staying at the club this summer. According to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, the Portugal international will compete for a place in the side with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who made 54 appearances for the Red Devils last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are expected to end their pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier, having been put off by the La Liga champions’ asking price for the England international.

Diogo Dalot to Stay at Manchester United This Season

Dalot Has Featured Heavily in Pre-Season

A signing made during the José Mourinho era at Old Trafford, Dalot has been used sparingly by current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Last season, the 22-year-old spent the campaign on loan at Serie A side AC Milan, and played against his parent club in the Europa League last-16.

All in all, Dalot impressed at the San Siro, making 33 appearances in all competitions. The defender had been linked with another loan transfer away from Old Trafford, but now looks set to stay at the club and fight for his place.

Dalot will be one of two right-backs in the United first-team, and will add invaluable competition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is the established first-choice in the position.

Having returned to pre-season following this summer’s European Championships, Dalot had chances to impress in the friendly matches Solskjaer’s side took part in ahead of the new campaign, and scored in a 4-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.

Dalot’s Busy Summer With Portugal

Before coming back to take part in United’s pre-season preparations, Dalot played an important role in Euro 2020 for both Portugal’s U21 and senior sides.

In the U21 edition of the competition, Dalot played every minute as Portugal made it to the final, which they lost to Germany. Following an injury to Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo, the right-back was then drafted into the senior side, where he played against France and Belgium.

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