Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot has voiced a reminder to the club’s manager following the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United new signing is in Dalot’s favoured position and speculation has risen about the 20-year-old’s future at Old Trafford, but the Portuguese player used social media to show his determination to contend for the place.
“Nothing but hard work, waiting for the new season to kick off! @manutd,” Dalot wrote on his Twitter account accompanied by pictures of himself training.
Dalot joined under Jose Mourinho last summer as the long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young at right-back making 23 appearances but struggled a regular starting position.
Though initially signed as a right-sided defender, Dalot also found himself deployed as a right-winger, where he impressed getting high up the pitch into attacking positions, while he also played in roles on the left flank of the field.
However,Wan-Bissaka will likely start as the first choice right-back leaving Dalot on the outer competing for a back-up role with veteran Young.
And on Wan-Bissaka’s arrival, Dalot revealed to the club’s official website he felt he had a strong debut season at the Theatre of Dreams and it was time to stake his claim to be the number one right-back.
“I can say it was a big season for me,” Dalot said.
“Playing 23 games, and I only started playing properly and had my fitness in December, so it has been very good for me to have the opportunity to play in some different positions.
“I want to make my statement in the team and play as much as I can at right-back because I think it’s my best position. I just need to prove that to the manager with my work.”
“I just need to push on. My goal is to make right-back my own.”