Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will seemingly be maintaining an in depth eye on the members of his squad who’re at present away on worldwide responsibility, with this week’s fixtures permitting gamers the prospect to showcase their abilities for his or her nation.
One nation, particularly, that the Dutchman might be monitoring is that of Portugal, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot all forming a key a part of Fernando Santos’ glittering squad.
The European outfit solely not too long ago strolled previous the Czech Republic after cruising to a thumping 4-0 victory away from house on Saturday night, with the aforementioned Dalot arguably the star performer having netted twice on what was a tremendous evening for the 23-year-old.
The previous Porto gem hadn’t netted for membership or nation for nearly 566 days since final doing so whereas on mortgage at Serie A aspect AC Milan again in March 2021, though ended that barren run in brutal vogue with two medical finishes from his right-back berth.
The £25.2m-rated man’s first effort noticed the defender latch on to Rafael Leao’s pull again to fit house on his left foot to open the scoring, earlier than once more firing in on his weaker foot after the break with what was a surprising, curling effort from distance.
That efficiency finally noticed the Braga-born ace file a match ranking of 9.1, as per SofaScore, with that by far the very best determine for any participant for both aspect on the evening.
Has Dalot nailed down the right-back function at United?
No, not satisfied
As Statman Dave steered, that show – in a recreation which additionally noticed Fernandes register a purpose and an help – was a continuation of the “electrical” kind that the £25k-per-week menace has proven in current weeks at membership stage, having lastly nailed down an everyday function again at Outdated Trafford.
The six-cap starlet had been tipped for large issues by then-United boss Jose Mourinho upon his arrival in England on a £19m deal again in the summertime of 2018, though initially struggled to power his approach into the aspect, making simply 20 Premier League appearances throughout his first two seasons on the membership.
After coming back from a mortgage stint in Italy final time period, the arrival of interim boss Ralf Rangnick noticed the teenager tackle a extra distinguished function within the aspect as he made 19 top-flight begins, whereas he has since began all six league video games beneath Ten Hag within the 2022/23 marketing campaign up to now.
Firmly established forward of £50m flop Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the 6-foot machine has been one of many standout figures beneath the brand new United boss in current video games, along with his common match ranking of 7.07 the fifth-highest amongst his teammates to this point this time period.
To see him replicate that kind at worldwide stage is a marker of the boldness with which Dalot is taking part in at current, with Ten Hag prone to be raving over the good strides that the Portuguese gem has made beneath his administration within the area of just some months.