Diogo Dalot believes that there will be extra competition for places at Manchester United when the Premier League season resumes – and the defender has vowed to make selections “difficult” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United re-start their campaign on Friday night, when they face Tottenham Hotspur away. Games against Sheffield United, Norwich City and Brighton also await.
Solskjaer will have nearly a full complement of players available to him for the re-start. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford ready to return, having both had injury problems this year.
Dalot has found gametime hard to come by himself, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka becoming Solskjaer’s first choice right-back. However, he has vowed to give his manager a selection headache when things get back underway.
Of the competition for places, Dalot told Sky Sports: “I think that’s only a good thing because it ups the challenge a little bit more as well.
“We have a lot more players to each position and we as players, we just need to make the task difficult for the manager.
“He just has to pick 11. But we will make sure that everyone is ready and everyone is fully fit to play.”
Fresh chance for Dalot?
Dalot has made just one Premier League start this season, adding three appearances from the bench and three in the Europa League. The Portuguese player scored his first goal for the club when they beat Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup in January.
Reports have suggested that Dalot could leave Old Trafford in search of more gametime. PSG have been linked, but Solskjaer wants him to stay and fight for his place.
Premier League teams able to make five substitutions per match when they return. That may mean Dalot has more chances to make an impression.
The 21-year-old has a valuation of £35m, with his contract lasting until 2023.