Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a negative viewpoint on Diogo Dalot, reports say. The Portugal international was touted as Gary Neville’s long-term heir when he moved to Old Trafford from Porto back in the transfer window of 2018. He struggled last term, however, and seems to be behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Brandon Williams in the pecking order.
Dalot joined United from Porto in 2018 and, immediately afterwards, was tipped to become Neville’s heir by Jose Mourinho.
The current Tottenham boss said at the time: “Everybody knows that he has fantastic potential.
“I don’t want to compare, especially not the number of titles but he is probably the same age as Gary Neville when he came into the first team.
“Probably he can follow Neville in this dynamic of more than 10 years as United’s right-back, with amazing conditions to improve, because as I was saying he’s 19 years old.”
Dalot has struggled for minutes at United since Solskjaer’s appointment, however, leading to talk he could be about to leave Old Trafford behind.
And The Athletic say Solskjaer has a brutal viewpoint on the right-back.
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It’s claimed he feels Dalot hasn’t done enough in training nor matches to warrant selection, with the defender regularly snubbed in favour of Wan-Bissaka.
He wants his players to be aggressive in the tackle and assertive on the ball – but believes Dalot is cautious at both.
One source is quoted as saying that Dalot fails to respond adequately to directions in training and, when snubbed for the starting XI, becomes ‘a bit miserable’.
Solskjaer would prefer for that to motivate the Portuguese but, now, a parting of the ways could be on the cards with PSG and Everton both emerging as potential suitors.
The report adds that Fosu-Mensah may be shown the door, too, despite getting some minutes under his belt at the end of last season.
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Meanwhile, in other United transfer news, the club are still hoping to add to their squad with Jadon Sancho and Dayot Upamecano both of interest.
And Solskjaer recently opened up on potential business, saying: “I never set myself a target, like scoring 20 goals as a player.
“You just have to go day by day, making sure you develop and improve.
“We have a vision of where we want to get to but know so many things can come in the way. I believe in seeing how the team and club develops.
“We are developing team, a year or so into our rebuild. We had to make some decisions last summer and throughout the season we have seen how this team is getting better and getting used to each other.”
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He then added: “We are looking forward to it but it has come around so quickly from last season.
“The preparation is very different to what we normally have and we have to take our Europa League games as pre-season.
“I’d rather be an optimist and be wrong than be a pessimist and be right. I did think we would qualify for the Champions League but I was hoping for a trophy along the way as well.
“It is never easy to have too many new players in the team, it takes time for players to gel into a unit.
“We have seen some clubs go for the quick fix and some have trust in the process. We have to improve and get results but adding players with different qualities than we have.”
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