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Diogo Dalot has been in good form for Manchester United this season.

By Emmanuel Mendez

  Diogo Dalot has been in good form for Manchester United this season.
Diogo Dalot has been in good form for Manchester United this season.
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Ronaldo had a reassuring message for Rio Ferdinand when he expressed doubts about Diogo Dalot's abilities early in his Manchester United career. Dalot, who has been a key player for Erik ten Hag this season, has made 32 appearances and scored two goals. He also assisted Scott McTominay's winning goal against Aston Villa last weekend.

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Dalot joined United from Porto in July 2018 for £19million and has since played 139 times for the club. Despite spending a season on loan with AC Milan, he is now enjoying a stable period at United.

Ferdinand admitted that he had questioned Dalot's place in the team, but Ronaldo had reassured him. "He is someone I doubted early on. I remember speaking to Cristiano Ronaldo and said, 'Is he really that good?' and Cristiano said he will work hard, make himself better and 100 per cent improve." Ferdinand shared on Vibe with Five.

"He saw it behind the scenes so he knew that. I said to Darren Fletcher when I was at the training ground the other day that he has really impressed me. Darren said that he is a worker, he's going to make himself the player he needs to be. "I still think defensively he probably needs to work a little bit. But [against Aston Villa] I thought he was very good defensively. With the ball, that cross, if we have players running onto them, the forwards will make the runs and we will score more goals."

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In addition, Dalot earned words of encouragement from Ten Hag against Villa. "Everyone gets criticism but he is a fantastic player who is developing very well," the Dutchman said. "He can play in so many positions and he is improving on crosses. He can score and his defending is improving so I am very pleased with him." At present, Dalot has established himself as the first-choice right-back ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wan-Bissaka joined Man Utd from Crystal Palace for £50m in 2019 yet he could be heading for the exit when his contract reaches its final year this summer.

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