Diogo Dalot’s performances for Manchester United in his first season has been generally decent or very good. He has had some good solid games for us and can be used in different positions. The 20-year-old Portuguese defender has good pace, loves to attack, he can put in a great cross and can play at both right-back and left-back positions. He is excellent at dealing with tall attackers because of his six-foot frame.
Dalot has shown enough for me to keep him here for a long time. His temperament is fantastic too, because you never really see him make any rash challenges or tackles when he is on the field. The ex-Porto player is part of the future of the club along with, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. His versatility is also a plus because whenever a player is injured at right-back or left-back he can seamlessly slot into either role.
Some people believe that he should be sold. I say no, because he has very good potential and with a lot of upside. His age and ability with his maturity that he has shown already as a 20-year-old will surely benefit the club now and in the future. A fine young talent like that needs time to develop into a potentially great player. He has many of the ingredients there for him to be a standout player for us in the future.
Another thing is that United has had a long history of losing many defenders through injury. Usually each season we have defenders who are out because of injuries and suspensions. He can fill in at the back whenever we have injuries to defenders in particular. When you look at Eric Bailly Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw to a lesser extent, we have had these players injured at different times of the season. Bailly for example is still injured and he may not return this season.
When United signed Dalot from Porto in June 2018 he was considered in Portugal to be one of the best young players in the country. So let’s continue to support him, because has shown himself to be young prospect with a bright future ahead of him.