Handed a rare start by Michael Carrick on Thursday night against Arsenal, Diogo Dalot certainly held his own against the Gunners, playing the full 90 minutes on the right hand side of Manchester United’s defence.
That was his first league start of the season, which took his number of Premier League appearances to five this campaign, and there are a lot of questions that need to be asked by Ralf Rangnick in the coming days.
Depending on how the German plans on playing at Old Trafford, the Portuguese full-back could be a viable option for him over the next few months, but if he isn’t, everyone knows AS Roma are lying in wait.
The Serie A side have been linked with Dalot for the best part of two months now, with José Mourinho wanting a new right-back in his squad in January.
Talks have reportedly taken place, and Gazzetta dello Sport explain Tiago Pinto, their technical director, has already been at work ‘for weeks’ on the upcoming transfer window.
That includes Dalot, whom the newspaper see as the ‘most concrete’ option to bolster the position due to ‘various reasons’.
That’s because he ‘knows the Italian league’ from his time at Milan last season and is ‘very appreciated’ by Mourinho, who was the one who brought him to Manchester United in the first place.
We’ll have to wait and see what Rangnick wants to do first after the interim manager presented himself to the press on Friday morning, but if he has no plans for him, then a deal could certainly be struck as long as the price is right.