The omission of Diogo Dalot from Manchester United’s squad to face LASK in the Europa League round of 16 precession caused a stir amongst the fanbase on social media.
Dalot has started just one game since lockdown, and looked well off the pace against Norwich in the FA Cup quarter-final.
The Portugal youth international was overlooked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for July’s key league game against Crystal Palace, despite appearing a shoo-in at left-back in place of the injured Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.
Instead, Solskjaer preferred to give forgotten man Timothy Fosu-Mensah his first start for the Reds in over three years in an unfamiliar role.
That selection decision, plus the failure to make Wednesday’s rotated squad at Old Trafford, suggested the writing was on the wall for Dalot.
But according to the Manchester Evening News, Dalot was actually ruled out of the fixture with injury after suffering yet another injury setback in training.
It is noted that despite his knock, Dalot has been retained in United’s squad for the remainder of the Europa League campaign and could travel to Germany for the mini-tournament conclusion.
Dalot’s future still appears up in the air after a hugely frustrating season. He could be one of the players that Solskjaer chooses to move on this summer if he would prefer academy graduate Ethan Laird to progress through to the first-team and provide competition for the indispensable Aaron Wan-Bissaka.