Mourinho confirms Man Utd star is finally ready for Prem start

Date published: Friday 30th November 2018 2:27

BERN, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Diogo Dalot of Manchester United challenges Miralem Sulejmani of Berne during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between BSC Young Boys and Manchester United at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on September 19, 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Diogo Dalot is “ready” to start for Manchester United against Southampton on Saturday.

The Portugal under-21 star has only played twice for the Red Devils this season – once against Derby in the League Cup and against Young Boys in the Champions League – since joining from Porto in the summer.

And Mourinho has explained that an injury picked up on international duty scuppered Dalot‘s chances of a Premier League appearance.

“The opportunities will always come,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of the game against the Saints. “Phil Jones was not playing. Lindelof got injured and Jones had the opportunity to play against Young Boys. It will happen all over the place I believe.

“For the other game Luke Shaw was suspended and now we have Ashley Young with four yellow cards. Who knows when the fifth is arriving? Players must be ready.

“In this case some are going away to the medical room and some are coming back. For example this weekend will be the first call for Dalot. He is ready now.

“He had an important injury, surgery, then a second injury in the national team when he was coming up, when he was already playing against Young Boys and Derby County, when he was almost here.

“But now he has been training for two weeks and we think he is ready now.”

 

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