Diogo Dalot.

How Diogo Dalot hopes to make a statement

Saturday 01 February 2020 06:00

Diogo Dalot says he is determined to fight for his place in the Manchester United side and compete for the right-back slot.

The Portuguese defender has returned from injury and scored his first goal for the club in the recent 6-0 victory against Tranmere Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round.

He feels the time is right to provide healthy competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and show his worth.

Watch Dalot's first United goal from the recent FA Cup victory over Tranmere.
“Man United is always a tough place to play and the competition will always be there,” Dalot explains in a big interview for United Review, the official matchday programme at Old Trafford

“And I’m making sure that Aaron will have competition as well [smiles] and I will have competition when I might get my chance to play.

“That’s what keeps you strong at this level. Now it’s about keeping on working hard and hoping to get my opportunities and then grab them.

“I will keep fighting for the team and I want to keep pushing hard because I know I can play a lot of games here. Like I said in pre-season, I want to make a statement and fight for my position, and I want to show everyone that I can be a good right-back here.”

Wolves will provide familiar opposition, meeting us for the fourth time this season after the two FA Cup ties recently.

Dalot knows several members of the Molineux outfit's squad but will be out to help upset the visitors, if he is involved at Old Trafford.

“I know almost everyone,” he said. “I know two or three of them better because I grew up with them playing in the national team and the older ones are players I always looked towards since I first got into the youth national team.

“I speak most of the time with [Ruben] Vinagre and [Pedro] Neto, they are the ones who are closer to my age. And of course, I grew up with [Ruben] Neves at Porto… I keep in touch with everyone.

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“They all impress me. I grew up watching them and for me it’s very good that English football fans get to know them as well, to see they have value. 

“For me, it’s a proud thing because it means more Portuguese players are in the Premier League – for our country it’s something to be proud of.”

Read the full interview with Diogo in United Review, Saturday's official programme.