Diogo Dalot masterplan in place as decision is made over Man Utd exit

Date published: Thursday 25th March 2021 6:06 - Robert McCarthy

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.


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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.”

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