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Diogo Dalot reveals the secret behind his brilliant Manchester United form.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Diogo Dalot of Manchester United reacts at the end of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on August 22, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot has revealed the season-long loan move to AC Milan as the secret behind his brilliant form. 

Diogo Dalot AC Milan
Dalot was a key member of the Milan squad during his stay in Italy, representing the club on 33 occasions in all competitions. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dalot signed for United in the summer of 2018 from FC Porto. He played a backup role for two seasons before moving to Italy for more game time in the 2020/21 campaign. He represented Milan in 33 outings, including 21 appearances in Serie A.

Upon his return to England, Dalot initially returned to being a backup behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 23-year-old has been mainstay in the United’s team.

Diogo Dalot has started all six Manchester United games this season, establishing himself at right back ahead of Aaron Wan Bissaka. (photo: Getty Images)

The Portugal international credits his development to his time in Milan. Speaking to Italian media, he said: “If I’m a better defender I owe it to Milan. Italian football is different from the Premier League and I had to adapt in just one year and playing in Serie A has helped me a lot.

“Over the past two years here in Manchester, the minutes have increased and, consequently, so has self-esteem.”

The Portuguese also revealed he could have joined Milan on a permanent basis but decided to remain at Man United to battle for a first-team spot.

“Milan are a great club and I loved the season with the Rossoneri. But it (transfer) wasn’t just up to me. In the end I decided to stay at United and it was the right decision,” Dalot told reporters.

Diogo Dalot: The Man Utd’s best-performing defender under Erik Ten Hag. 

Dalot has been a the regular starter under new manager Erik ten Hag, and the Portuguese has certainly made the most of his opportunities thus far.

Diogo Dalot and Ten Hag
Erik ten Hag is a huge fan of Diogo Dalot, with the club set to offer the Portugal international a new contract. (Photo: Getty Images)

Diogo Dalot provided the pass to set up Bruno Fernandes’ winner against Southampton.

In the first six games of the new league campaign, his statistics are definitely impressive with the most tackles won (14), most interceptions (9) alongside most touches (408).

Diogo Dalot provided the pass to set up Bruno Fernandes’ winner against Southampton. (Image: Getty) 

Aside from this, he has the joint-most ball recoveries (39), joint-most chances created (10) and joint-most aerial duels won (12).

 

The likes of Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia have also excelled with their strong tackling and tenacity this term, but Dalot has been doing plenty of good to fare better than them and hopefully, he can maintain his good form over the entire season.

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