Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a plan in place to decide on the future of Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has been impressing while on loan at AC Milan, even coming on to face his parent club in the Europa League last-16 second leg tie earlier this month. That was a game in which United progressed to the last eight after a Paul Pogba winner.
The temporary switch away from Old Trafford was designed to give Dalot the chance at regular first-team football. A bad run of injuries has previously hindered his progress with the Red Devils.
Being stuck behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order hasn’t hepled either. The former Palace man has been first choice since he made a £50m switch in 2018.
However, Solskjaer remains keen on giving Dalot an opportunity to stake his claim for a place in United’s squad.
Indeed, Calciomercato reports that the 22-year-old will return to United at the end of this season and will be involved in the whole of their pre-season training camp.
The Red Devils boss is fully aware that he could raise significant funds, if he chooses to offload the player.
But he will not make a final decision until the end of United’s pre-season schedule, with Dalot effectively on trial.
Milan would be interested in a permanent deal, with the Rossoneri’s manager Stefano Pioli recently praising Dalot’s contribution to the team and claiming he would become “a complete player” in Italy.
Dalot delay could force Milan’s hand
However, Solskjaer’s ‘wait and see’ Dalot plan could force Milan to look at other targets instead.
When discussing Dalot’s role going forward, Solskjaer told a press conference ahead of the recent Milan away leg: “The plan was always for Diogo this season, or the main thing for Diogo, was to be fit.
“He never managed to be fit for a long spell when he was here and was unfortunate with injuries.
“Now he’s kept fit all season; he’s been available for them. He’s playing at a big club, big expectations and a great history, so it’s been a good year for him.
“So, of course, I’ve been very pleased with his development this season. He’s our player and we’re looking forward to having him back.”