In Manchester United’s recent string of positive results, one player has quietly been instrumental in their success: Diogo Dalot.
Following Erik ten Hag’s side’s convincing 3-0 victory over West Ham, where despite David Moyes’ post-match comments disputing the outcome, Rasmus Hojlund and Alejandro Garnacho received much of the acclaim, it’s crucial to recognize Dalot’s contribution.
While the Portuguese defender has experienced fluctuations in his playing time over the past year, his recent performances have solidified his position in the starting lineup.
Dalot’s stellar display against Wolves earlier in the week showcased his importance, notably his pivotal involvement in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal. Against West Ham, his impact was equally significant.
According to Sofascore, Dalot had 73 touches, completed 90% of his passes, and made a crucial block that thwarted Jarrod Bowen’s clear goal-scoring opportunity.
In a moment that drew praise from fans and teammates alike, Dalot’s timely intervention demonstrated his defensive prowess and commitment to the team’s cause.
As the season progresses, discussions will inevitably arise regarding Manchester United’s standout performer. While Hojlund may garner consideration, Dalot’s resilience in reclaiming his spot in the starting eleven makes him a strong contender.
Despite modest offensive statistics this season, Dalot’s defensive maturity and consistency, whether deployed on the right or left flank, have been evident throughout.
In the match against West Ham, Dalot showcased one of his finest performances yet, underlining his growing importance to the team’s success.