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Ten Hag plans at right-back clarified with Man Utd futures of Dalot, Wan-Bissaka determined

Man Utd right-back Diogo Dalot

The approach Man Utd will take to right-back pair Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window has been clarified.

Right-back is one of the areas that has been earmarked for improvement this summer. While centre-back and centre-midfield are currently making the headlines – through Jurrien Timber and Frenkie de Jong respectively – the positions of right-back, striker and wide forward may also be addressed.

Ajax ace Timber could deputise at right-back if signed. Barcelona’s Sergino Dest is another who has been linked with moving to Old Trafford.

However, Dest’s transfer won’t be required unless United first ship out one or both of Dalot and Wan-Bissaka.

The pair accrued almost identical minutes in the Premier League last season. Dalot’s 1,796 minutes were just two greater than Wan-Bissaka’s 1,794.

That showed United’s former managers could not split the pair with a definitive first choice not determined.

But according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, that has now changed under Erik ten Hag.

Romano tweeted United’s current plans regarding the duo are clear. Firstly, Dalot is described as ‘appreciated’ and has ‘good chances’ to stay.

Dalot future all but secure

It was previously claimed Ten Hag has received positive updates about Dalot and Romano concludes only ‘huge bids’ would see United consider a sale for the Portuguese this summer.

However, the outlook for Wan-Bissaka is altogether different. Manchester United are described as ‘waiting for proposals’ for the 24-year-old.

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The only club to register interest in the £50m man at present are former club Crystal Palace. However, the Athletic claimed the Eagles are likely to only muster a loan approach.

The Express previously claimed any money made from player sales will be immediately made available for Ten Hag to put towards new arrivals. As such, United may prioritise a permanent Wan-Bissaka departure if they’re convinced by Dalot.

Are Man Utd ditching the right one?

Ten Hag’s system requires his defenders to be mobile, good in one-v-ones and comfortable bringing the ball out from the back. Wan-Bissaka ticks the first two boxes, though there have always been question marks over his ability on the ball.

The more attack-minded Dalot certainly seems the better fit for the Dutchman’s system on paper. Though despite being known as the superior player going forward, Dalot did not register a single goal or assist last season.

Regardless, Dalot appears to be a player on the up and the same cannot be said for Wan-Bissaka.

From the players’ perspective, a move away for the latter may also be beneficial for his international ambitions.

England boast an embarrassment of riches at right-back at present. If Wan-Bissaka is ever to put himself back into Gareth Southgate’s plans, the first thing he must do is play regularly.