Jose Mourinho has confirmed that new signing Diogo Dalot is ready to make his first Premier League appearance against Southampton this weekend.
The Portuguese youngster was the club’s first signing of the transfer window, arriving from Porto for around £19m in June.
Dalot impressed supporters in his first two games against Young Boys and Derby County, only to sustain an injury over the October international break.
But Mourinho, speaking at a press conference ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Southampton, confirmed that Dalot would be involved for the first time since September.
Mourinho: “This weekend will be the first call for Dalot. He is ready now. He had an important injury, surgery, then a second injury in the national team when he was coming up. But now he has been training for two weeks and we think he is ready now.” #mufc [MEN]
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This is a delightful slice of good news for supporters desperate to see Dalot play and even more desperate to witness an end to the era of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia trundling down the wing in their own good time.
Dalot’s first two performances were seriously impressive. Against Young Boys he delivered a display full of maturity and strength on a big stage, before providing an assist from a cross against Derby which immediately set him apart from Young and Valencia.
The Portuguese now faces his hardest challenge yet: playing in the Premier League for the first time.
Supporters will hope he receives a run of games as he looks to acclimatize to life on the pitch at United.