Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot is looking to cement a spot in the starting line-up under Erik ten Hag.
The Portugal international has played most games on tour this summer, impressing and almost making sure Aaron Wan-Bissaka won’t be getting much of a look in, partly because Dalot is far superior in the final third and there is more influence on our full-backs to push forward than before.
Manchester United come away from Perth after a 2-2 draw against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. The conditions were tricky due to a terrible pitch as well as heavy rain, but ultimately we failed to repeat our first half performance, which saw the Red Devils dominate the first 45 minutes.
Villa scored two in the second half to stop us going on a four-game win streak.
Dalot caught up with Stretford Paddock’s Adam McKola after the match and made his aims clear for the future.
“Difficult game today but I think we are happy with the tour,” Dalot told Stretford Paddock in the mixed zone Down Under. “We have positive feelings and good energy. We look forward to the start of the season.”
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Asked whether he can jump from being a fringe player in the United squad to a regular starter, he added: “Yes, obviously, that’s why I came here. I came here to play, I came here to help the club. I’m doing that every single day and I hope I can help the club for a long time.”