Diogo Dalot has demonstrated his desire to make his mark early on at Manchester United by arriving first at Carrington for the opening day of pre-season training.
Jose Mourinho and Michael Carrick arrived at the training ground yesterday to begin preparations, while players entered Carrington for the first time since May this morning.
Dalot, who joined Man United for a fee of £19m, will fly out to Los Angeles with the rest of the tour squad on Sunday.
And he has shown his desire to work hard early on, arriving first at the club’s training headquarters on Wednesday morning.
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For a teenager, the first day at a club of Man United’s stature would not be too different from that first day of school all those years ago: that sheer sense of the unknown, of being part of something way bigger than yourself, all the new faces, the looming presence your teacher looking over you.
But he has nothing to fear. Nobody is expecting him to serve as the answer to United’s problems at full-back. He only has eight senior caps to his name. Mourinho, a football autodidact, sees something in him. All he has to go and do is play his normal game, and the confidence will no doubt follow.