The Lowdown: Dalot impressing for United
The Portuguese defender has matured into a reliable player for United in recent times, making 13 starts in the Premier League season until that run was interrupted because of an injury incurred at the World Cup last month.
Romano has now shared an update on the ongoing contract situation, with the club still eager to secure the defender’s future.
The Latest: Dalot contract talks ongoing
“Man Utd remain in talks to extend Diogo Dalot contract.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for United
This is a no-brainer for United, considering the level at which Dalot has been performing, averaging 2.7 tackles per game for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup. For context, only Casemiro has managed more for the club so far this season.
At 23, he should only get even better, and there is no reason why he can’t become one of the best right-backs in Europe over time, having been hailed as ‘smart’ and ‘intelligent’ by compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. He also ranks as United’s fourth-best performer in 2022/23 according to WhoScored metrics.
It would duly be a big blow for United if Dalot were to suddenly move elsewhere should contract talks stall, so they should try to nail down the £25,000-per-week defender’s future as soon as possible, in what would be a significant piece of internal business by the Old Trafford club.