Dalot urged to keep going by Ten Hag

Thursday 03 November 2022 07:00

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been impressed with the progress of Diogo Dalot in recent months and has challenged the full-back to continue raising his game.

The 23-year-old has started every game for the Reds so far this season and has seemingly continued to go from strength to strength under Ten Hag’s management. 

Dalot scored his first European goal for United in last week’s 3-0 win over Sheriff in the Europa League, and ahead of our next outing in the competition, away to Real Sociedad on Thursday, Erik has challenged the Portuguese to keep striving for more. 
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“I hope Diogo keeps progressing, so not only sticking to this level,” Ten Hag told reporters during our pre-match press conference at the Reale Arena on Wednesday evening.

“Our approach, our philosophy, is that good is not good enough. We have to do better.

“But we're happy with the development and the performances of Diogo, that's quite clear.”
Our manager also insisted there are other contenders for the right-back position, despite Dalot starting there in every match for the Reds so far this season. 

“I know that every club among the top elite clubs needs competition and I think we can replace him, with Victor Lindelof, with Tyrell Malacia and luckily also Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back in the squad,” said Ten Hag.

With those options available to his manager, Dalot has to consistently produce high-quality performances, just as he did during a busy October when he was shortlisted for our Player of the Month award.

United played nine matches across the Premier League and Europa League, with Dalot completing all but one of the outings.

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Four players are on the shortlist for the award after a packed schedule for the Reds.

“We have replacements and it's clear, it's heavy when you have to play every game,” acknowledged Erik.

“Physically, he's got a really good profile and I'm sure he will keep going and he will keep developing. 

“That is what we demand, and I am confident he will do that.”