Jose Mourinho calls Diogo Dalot ‘fantastic’ and says Manchester United have a right-back for the next ten years


The manager praised the efforts of his patched up defence following their 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford

In Diogo Dalot, Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have a right-back for the next decade.

The 19-year-old, a summer signing from Porto, made his first Premier League start in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, having made his his league debut against Southampton on Saturday.

Mourinho praised the efforts of his patched-up defence, saying Dalot showed enough promise to back up his claim.

Diogo Dalot was ‘fantastic’ on his first Premier League start, his manager said

The manager made seven changes from the team that drew with Southampton, dropping Paul Pogba and selecting a back four short of match fitness.

In addition to Dalot, it was Marcos Rojo’s first appearance since May, Matteo Darmian was starting his third game of the season, Chris Smalling played 90 minutes despite his foot injury and it was Eric Bailly’s first start since the beginning of October.

Man United fielded a defence short of match fitness

Man United fielded a defence short of match fitness

“All my defenders were dead by the end,” Mourinho said.

“The kid Diogo, fantastic. I think Gary Neville must be thinking that Manchester United now has a very good right back for ten years.”

On the result, which leaves United eight points off fourth place Chelsea, Mourinho admitted there was frustration, but was not harsh on his players.

“The team had a good response, big soul,” he said. “We feel frustrated with the result, frustrated with some mistakes, with some moments where a little bit more quality would be needed, but we have to be happy with the spirit, the effort, dynamic, and the intensity.”

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