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Update On The Future Of This Manchester United Full-Back: Should Ten Hag Let Him Go?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Sport offered an update on the future of Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot. It has been mentioned that Barcelona are eyeing a move to sign the Portuguese full-back whose contract with the Red Devils is set to run out at the end of this campaign.

Dalot’s Impressive Form In English Football This Season

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a solid campaign at Old Trafford as he has managed to put in some impressive displays for Man United down the right flank. Dalot has found the back of the net on three occasions and grabbed three assists in 24 matches for the Mancunian club this season across all competitions.

The Portuguese talent has been a consistent performer at right-back based on his average of 2.1 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 2.0 clearances, 0.8 shots, 1.5 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even distributed the ball relatively well in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 77.8% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Old Trafford will expire next summer but Man United have got the option to extend it for another year. However, with Barca showing interest in him, it will be difficult for Erik ten Hag to keep hold of him.

Old Trafford
Old Trafford

Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Let Dalot Go?

Dalot is a good tackler of the ball and can make some important interceptions for his team on the defensive end of the field. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and can create a few inviting chances for his teammates in the final third.

The Portugal international can even strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range. He is primarily a right-back but can also fill in as a left-back or operate in the right-wing position if required.

At the moment, Dalot is a regular starter at Old Trafford. However, the player is currently on an expiring contract, so Man United might be enticed to cash in on him when the transfer window commences at the start of next month.

At 23, Dalot’s best years are ahead of him. Thus, Erik ten Hag should think about keeping hold of him for the long run by offering him a new deal. Otherwise, it would be best for everyone involved if the Red Devils decide to let him go during the winter transfer window.

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