Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot was superb in the club’s 3-2 friendly loss to Borussia Dortmund.
The Red Devils finished their preseason trip in the United States with another defeat, but there were some positives for manager Erik ten Hag to take away from the encounter.
Dalot was restored to the starting XI ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and he put in an excellent performance until being removed after an hour.
With a beautiful curling effort from the edge of the box, the Portuguese scored the opening goal.
Aside from that, he completed 31 of his 34 passes with a 91% accuracy.
He hit three long balls for United while also winning four duels and two tackles.
Dalot approaches Ten Hag for a starting place.
Wan-Bissaka was Ten Hag’s starting right-back for the majority of the preseason, but he opted to rotate yesterday night. Dalot capitalized on his moment with a strong performance.
In the 61st minute, he was replaced by Wan-Bissaka, but the 25-year-old performed poorly. He did not compete in any duel and was solely responsible for Dortmund’s victory.
With a sloppy ball in the final third, the Crystal Palace graduate sent control straight to Marco Reus, and it cost Dortmund as Youssoufa Moukoko made it 3-2.
On Saturday, Manchester United will play RC Lens at Old Trafford. They play Athletic Bilbao 24 hours later in Dublin. Ten Hag, in our opinion, should select his best XI for the home game.
After his outstanding performance against Dortmund, Dalot should be a strong contender to start ahead of Wan-Bissaka.
After seeing his playing time dramatically reduced during the second half of the previous season, the Portuguese star has a point to prove at the Red Devils.