August 1, 2021

Manchester United player not POGBA given chance to change transfer plans at Euros

Diogo Dalot has a chance to change Manchester United‘s transfer plans after his late call up to Portugal’s Euro 2020 squad

It’s well documented what Manchester United‘s transfer plans are for this summer, and a new right-back is a big part of them.

Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is the man that has been selected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s position as first-choice full-back at the club, with his abilities going forward a large reason for that decision.

But a forgotten man in this entire equation is young Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot, who was signed by Jose Mourinho from Porto back in 2018 for £19million. While he has never been afforded a string of first-team appearances in a Reds shirt, his ability is there for all to see.

He spent all of last season on loan at AC Milan where his performances have seen the Serie A giants linked with trying to bring him back again for the new campaign or even permanently, but United would be a bit silly not to at least take a look at him for their own squad first.

The 22-year-old was part of the Portugal Under-21 side that reached the European Championship final earlier this summer, losing to Germany 1-0 to miss out on the trophy. But now he will be part of the senior side’s mission to become European champions once again after receiving a late call-up to the Euro 2020 squad after Joao Cancelo was forced to withdraw following a positive COVID-19 test.

Wolves’ Nelson Semedo will be the first-choice right-back going forward in the tournament, with the former Barcelona man having earned 18 caps before the tournament began compared to Dalot’s zero. But Semedo’s club form in the Premier League was less than impressive so if that were to continue during the tournament, Fernando Santos could well call upon Dalot to improve their fortunes.

He has shown during short stints at Old Trafford and while with Milan that his best attributes are when he’s attacking rather than defending, which is exactly what Solskjaer is looking for in his new recruit for the position.

Dalot is an excellent dribbler of the ball, with great delivery and good pace which allows him to beat opposition players in one-on-one situations. His main issue is that defensively he can be quite weak. His concentration often lapses and his positioning is wayward, but these are things that with coaching can be improved upon.

If Dalot gets a chance at Euro 2020, then it’s one he must take to show United that he is good enough to have a future with them.

He’s not expected to feature much, but the fact he got the call-up ahead of the likes of Ricardo Pereira at Leicester to replace Cancelo says a lot about highly he is thought of back in his homeland.

Those ratings don’t come from nowhere and with plenty of positions needing to bolstered this summer including right-wing, centre-back and central midfield the money they could save by using Dalot more regularly rather than signing a 30-year-old who’ll need replacing a few years down the line.

The impetus however is on Dalot to make Solskjaer change his mind. He played under the Norwegian after he came in as the caretaker manager but failed to really secure himself a role, then the following season lost his place in the squad to Brandon Williams and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

But Dalot has shown he is currently stronger than Williams, especially on the right, and the role to compete with Wan-Bissaka is open again. He deserves the chance to truly compete for it.

 

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