Man United’s hidden wonderkid might be a Kieran Trippier replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Man United’s hidden wonderkid might be a Kieran Trippier replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United can avoid plunging into the transfer market this summer if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge.

Manchester United finished their pre-season schedule with a 4-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday, and they didn’t even need their new acquisitions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched his side run riot while Jadon Sancho sat out and Raphael Varane sorted out the final elements of his £35 million transfer.

Mason Greenwood’s opening and a header from captain Harry Maguire put the Red Devils up 2-0 inside the first quarter of an hour.

Before the half-hour mark, Bruno Fernandes delivered the suckerpunch with a magnificent 25-yard free-kick to make it 3-0.

As the Red Devils dominated in front of a 55,000-strong audience, the usual suspects were getting involved and looking slick.

However, it was in the waning minutes of the game that the Norwegian would have noticed a forgotten member of his team.

Diogo Dalot, of all people, was absolutely unmarked inside the penalty area as replacement Fred picked out a superb cross into the box.

The Portuguese striker timed his effort brilliantly, catching Asmir Begovic off guard with a looping header that settled into the net.

Dalot did not celebrate in an exuberant manner, but rather in a measured, almost prepared manner, holding his two fingers to his neck as if monitoring his pulse.

It was ironic, because it served as a reminder to some Man United fans that he still existed at the club after falling out of favor in Manchester.

After joining from FC Porto for £19 million in 2018, the right-back has only made 35 appearances for the club, having struggled for playing time under Jose Mourinho and subsequently Solskjaer.

In 2019, the Norwegian signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka as his first-choice full-back, which reduced Dalot’s playing time significantly.

Dalot was immediately frozen out at Old Trafford after the emergence of Brandon Williams in 2019-20, and he looked elsewhere to recover his confidence.

Last season, the former Porto defender joined AC Milan on loan and played a key role for the Rossoneri, scoring twice in 33 appearances to help Stefano Pioli’s team qualify for the Champions League.

United’s scouts would have informed Solskjaer of Dalot’s solid performances on the right wing for Milan.

He. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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