Diogo Dalot making moves in a Manchester United 2019/20 kit.

Dalot determined to get the right-back slot

Diogo Dalot has revealed in an exclusive interview with Inside United, the official club magazine, that his goal is to make the right-back slot his own next season.

The Portuguese defender feels his debut campaign in the Premier League was an opportunity to settle into English football, but he is now ready to cement a regular starting spot.

After making 23 appearances last term, and contributing to some memorable occasions, Dalot is determined to prove his worth to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Diogo Dalot shakes hands with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Diogo Dalot knows he needs to prove to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he is worthy of a regular start.

By operating in a more advanced role at times, including in the Champions League win at Paris Saint-Germain, the 20-year-old showed his versatility. However, his primary aim remains to impress on the right-hand side of defence.

“At the end of the season, the results were not what we wanted,” he told Inside United. “But I can say it was a big season for me.

”Playing 23 games, and I only started playing properly and had my fitness in December, so it has been very good for me to have the opportunity to play in some different positions.

“I want to make my statement in the team and play as much as I can at right-back because I think it's my best position. I just need to prove that to the manager with my work.”

When reflecting on the campaign as a whole, Dalot feels he has got to grips with Premier League football and will have no further worries about adaptation to the division.

“I know that some people thought I might come here and not play as much as I have this season,” he said. “Some people thought I would play more.

”We all have different opinions but, overall, I think it was a very good season to settle in, start to know the club, know the league, know the atmosphere and now there is no excuse for next season.

“I just need to push on. My goal is to make right-back my own.”

Diogo Dalot celebrates a goal in training.
Diogo Dalot is ready to really make his mark for United in 2019/20.

This interview appears in full in the latest edition of Inside United, the official club magazine, which is available to buy now.

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