The stats behind Dalot's dazzling display
Diogo Dalot's dazzling display at Old Trafford earned him our Man-of-the-Match award in the 4-1 win over Fulham.
The right-back marauded forward down his flank at every opportunity, like skipper Ashley Young on the other side, and produced some telling moments during an entertaining affair against Claudio Ranieri's Cottagers.
"It was a pity he had that injury at Porto in May," said Jose Mourinho afterwards. "I think, probably, another club wouldn't sign him when a player has knee surgery. We did it because we didn't want to lose him because of an injury. We thought it could be resolved. Now we have him. He has a lot to learn, 19 years old but, physically, he is compact.
"He has already a good body and is technically very good. He's a happy boy, playing forward, he goes forward all the time, with good quality of crossing."
Dalot earned 44 per cent of the vote on our official app to finish ahead of three of the goalscorers in Marcus Rashford (37%), Juan Mata (12%) and Young (7%).
There were many things to admire about his performance but the fact he put in eight crosses in open play was the highest in the match, with Opta deeming four of these to be 'good' and capable of creating an opportunity. The pick of these was undoubtedly the delightful centre he supplied in the 63rd minute that narrowly eluded Jesse Lingard.
He also provided a great chance for substitute Scott McTominay but the Scotland international's header, with six minutes left, was saved by Sergio Rico.
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The teenager made 50 passes in total, with a completion rate of 90.2%, and touched the ball 80 times overall. He won all three of his aerial duels, which looks an impressive facet of his game, and nobody in a red shirt could better his four clearances.
Opta decided he made three key passes, a joint-high with Mata and Rashford, which shows his ability to carve out openings, despite being a defender.
By making nine sprints, it was an energetic performance and he covered 5.21 kilometres overall with Jesse Lingard top in this field. Indeed, the only black mark against him was a harsh yellow card for a foul on Joe Bryan.Reading this in our app? If not, you might miss some exclusive features not found on ManUtd.com. Download the Official App here.
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