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Talented Diogo Dalot has Manchester United decision to make

Monday 23rd September 2019

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Manchester United Football Club finds themselves in no man's land. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side are winless in away games since that unforgettable night in Paris. Their horrendous form on the road continued with a humbling defeat away at West Ham yesterday.

One Red Devil who finds himself at a real career crossroads is Diogo Dalot. After signing from FC Porto in a big-money deal in 2018's summer, the young Portuguese has struggled to assert himself upon Salford Quays.

Injuries played their part. In fact, he had no pre-season whatsoever, meaning he's still way off the pace at this point. A positional shift to the right-wing slot, albeit temporarily, set Dalot back too...

Now, though, the 20-year-old from Braga has a key choice to make, though the situation Dalot finds himself in is through no fault of his own... Aaron Wan-Bissaka's summer arrival all-but guarantees the Portuguese will remain nothing but a (right)back-up barring injury. United's £50million-man has started the season impeccably. Expect 'The Spider' to continue to get better.

Is Dalot happy with playing second fiddle? After all, just less than a year ago, United fans were already crowning Dalot as the long-term successor to Gary Neville due to his insane crossing ability. A fair amount has changed since...

Yes, Dalot is an incredibly talented young man with the world at his feet. Though right now, it's unrealistic for him to believe minutes will come with regularity in his preferred position. How about another change-up? Except this time, he won't be moving further up the field on the right. Instead, he'll switch over to the left-back slot and challenge Luke Shaw (when the latter returns from injury).

You have to admire Shaw's grit and determination to come back from multiple serious injuries, but it seems they're taking their toll on his body. It comes as no surprise to learn that all the problems originate from his flank when he's on the field, while what he offers going forward is incredibly limited. For Dalot, there's an opening. After all, when he signed for United, he was given that 'versatile' label from day one. We're yet to see him don Red Devils colours as a left-sided defender - though he clearly has it in his locker to play that role, and play it well.

If that's something Dalot doesn't fancy, a move away is the other choice. It'll be tough for him to land a starting gig at an elite-level European side, particularly after sparse playing time in Manchester. He'd probably have to curb expectations somewhat. A move back to his homeland could make sense, though don't be surprised to see United slide a buy-back clause into any contract...

The final choice is to stick at it, work back to fitness and prove to Solskjaer that he does have what it takes to usurp Wan-Bissaka from the starting line-up. Dalot will be given ample minutes this term provided he can keep himself fit and United can go deep into cup competitions. Who knows, serious injury to Wan-Bissaka could also open the door, but leaving it to chance and bad luck is something which I wouldn't recommend.

What we do know is that Dalot will be at Old Trafford until January at the very earliest. When given the start, he has to prove why United bought him just over a year ago. Against Astana last week he was excellent, now, he must follow that up with another convincing display in the Carabao Cup game against Rochdale this Wednesday...

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Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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