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Defender Will Have To Bide His Time

Defender Will Have To Bide His Time

Diogo Dalot will have to wait for his Old Trafford bow as Jose Mourinho intends to ease the highly-rated teenager into the fold. Despite only making a handful of senior appearances for Porto, the 19-year-old was attracting serious summer interest from a number of top teams across Europe.

United swooped to bring in Dalot on a five-year deal and, having overcome a knee injury, the right-back made his first-team debut on Wednesday against Young Boys in the Champions League.

It was an assured display from Dalot in Switzerland, but Mourinho will not take any risks with the talented full-back when Wolves visit on Saturday.

“I want him in this process of adaptation, I want him to play totally fresh, so he’s not playing tomorrow,” the United boss said.

“He plays Tuesday again (against Derby in the Carabao Cup).
“I want him to play totally fresh. To play for Manchester United is difficult enough for a kid of 19 years old coming from another country and after an important injury and surgery.

“He doesn’t need to face more difficulties because of the accumulation of matches.
“He played 90 minutes, Champions League, difficult pitch, recovered totally and Tuesday he plays again.

“But I think he showed for the ones that don’t know him very, very well, he showed that he is not a player to be here just on formation.
“He is a player to be here for competition for positions. He’s a very good player.”

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