Dalot: Erik gives me a lot of confidence

Tuesday 01 August 2023 15:59

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot insists having manager Erik ten Hag to learn from is only further helping his development as a player.

The 24-year-old is soon to embark on his latest season as a United player, with our 2023/24 campaign close to commencing.

Dalot, who featured during Tour 2023 against Arsenal, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, recently surpassed 100 appearances as a Red and has continued to battle with fellow right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a starting berth.

With one eye now keenly fixed on our opening Premier League clash against Wolves on 14 August, Diogo has hailed the influence Erik has continued to have on his development as a player.

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''He's been having a really good impact on my career, especially since he came in, he gives me a lot of confidence,'' the Portugal international told club media recently.

''The way that he wants to play suits the way that I want to play football, as well, and it's been a pleasure to work with him, he is a very demanding manager.

''He pays attention to the details and I like that. It's been a joy to play and be coached by him.''
With the Dutchman's playing style here in M16 clear to see, Dalot is aware of the expectations of his position in the modern game, with the attacking side of his work improving across our 2022/23 campaign.

Finding the net in spectacular fashion against Borussia Dortmund in Las Vegas earlier this week, the former AC Milan loanee insists Erik's demands are better suited to the way he wishes to express himself on the pitch.
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''Like I've said before, the full-back position has been becoming a little bit more of an important role nowadays,'' he added.

''I think in today's game the inverted full-backs are a little bit more involved and more coaches are trying that in the game. We have to just adapt, as you can see full-backs are now going forward a lot more than in past years. 

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''I believe we now play a little bit more on the inside [coming infield]. We have to adapt, it's how football is evolving and I think if you have that attacking capacity, that ability to do both, then it's only a plus in your game.

''For me, playing on the right and the left, it is comfortable both ways. I have shown that and I have had the opportunity a lot to play on the left. I have no problems with either parts of that.''