UTD Podcast: Dalot will fight to succeed
In the new UTD Podcast, out today, Diogo speaks openly about the challenges he’s faced during his time at Old Trafford…
SH: We've talked about how you got here. Where do you want to go? Do you set yourself goals or do you just come in day to day. How do you want it to go? DD: I think, when you're not playing regularly, when things are difficult, the easiest way is to run away from them, but for me I don't like that. It's been a really tough challenge for me, but I’m willing to fight for it because I think that I can play here for many years, play as much as I can. I just need that chance, that time. Sometimes you just need that click, to have the opportunities and to grab that. Some people might think that's been terrifying for me or terrible for my career but it's been fantastic in terms of knowledge, in terms of growing up, in terms of playing as well, but I didn't change this for another thing. I don't regret any of the decisions that I made to come here. I’m very proud to be a Man United player and I just want to make part of the history of the club as well. I think I have everything to do that but I just need the opportunity and the time for that. SH: Is it the injuries that make you feel like it’s been such a tough time? DD: Yeah, for sure. Because I had only two injuries, but it was two big injuries so that's what made me a little bit set back or I had two or three setbacks because of that. Because you lost time, you lost opportunities. You see opportunities going away because you're out of the team, but like I said it was a very tough moment for me but at the same time it was a very good moment for me to grow up because I never had injuries before. My first injury was right before I came here. So you get a big injury and you get through that and you start playing but I had a bit of a setback as well after the first big injury so you get another month out then you come back, you play until the end of the season. This season I was fit as ever in the pre-season I was feeling good, top, better than ever before and then you get another injury. That's when you think I was doing everything because I’m that type of guy, outside the pitch I do everything I could to be prepared to play, to train, everything, so when you have an injury sometimes you think OK I’m doing something wrong or it’s normal things that can happen. Within my age you think that comes as well, for the maturity, for my age and you start learning those things. DM: And then the club go out and buy Aaron Wan-Bissaka... DD: Yeah, of course, the club bought Aaron as well which is another challenge for me as well. DM: But that's a good challenge? DD: Of course. I didn't sign for Man United thinking I wouldn't be fighting for a place or fighting for a position. I knew that already, but like I said I'm the type of guy that fights for it and I will be fighting for it until the end of my career and I think i will be successful here.