Erik ten Hag praises Manchester United star’s new role after ‘very good season’

Diogo Dalot celebrates scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester UnitedDiogo Dalot celebrates scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United
Diogo Dalot celebrates scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United | Manchester United via Getty Images
Man Utd had an unlikely hero in their 2-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag is delighted with the progress Diogo Dalot has made for Manchester United this season and the threat he now poses from a central area.

The Portuguese defender has been one of United’s most reliable players across the entire campaign, playing 49 times in total in all competitions.

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Dalot was one of United’s best performers in their 2-0 win over Brighton on Sunday, opening the scoring as Ten Hag’s team ended the Premier League season with a second successive win to boost morale ahead of the FA Cup final.

The performance of Dalot could be crucial if they are to defeat Man City at Wembley stadium this weekend, in particular his ability to create overloads in midfield by pushing forward into a central area.

Speaking after the win over Brighton, Ten Hag was asked about the Portuguese full-back’s performance and specifically his threat as a central midfielder.

“It’s about making overloads in midfield and from there he is a very good runner in behind,” Ten Hag told reporters. “He can do it from left full-back and he can do it from right full-back and attack from there. Centre areas as well as wide areas, where he can get crosses in. 

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“So, he’s a player that developed in full-back who can play, say, as just a full-back but also as an inverted full-back. I think his development is very good this season and we are very pleased with this.”

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