Diogo Dalot has hailed the competition for places that has been generated at Manchester United this season, insisting it is “for the greater good of the team”.
After making just seven appearances for United this season until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure in November, the Portuguese star has become a more familiar face in the starting line-up under Ralf Rangnick. He made 13 appearances in the German’s first 19 games and produced strong performances.
Dalot has battled with Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the right-back spot and they have each nailed the position from time to time, although Rangnick hasn’t been afraid to rotate in recent weeks.
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But even though Dalot has ambitions to make the job his own by the end of the campaign, the Portugal international has admitted he enjoys the level of competition for places. He thinks it helped him get back to his best shape.
“Competition only brings good things,” admitted Dalot, speaking to UEFA.com. “Whether you need to push a bit more to be able to play or you’re playing and you can’t stop because someone wants to take your place.
“At the end of the day, if this competition is healthy and for the greater good of the team, everyone is going to win.
“I can understand that sometimes when players aren’t playing they feel depressed or they’re not that good in training, and I’ve been there, I’ve felt that too. It’s funny, I ‘ve seen a video of, I think it was Tom Hanks. He said if you feel good, if you feel good, ‘That too will pass’, and if you feel lonely, if you don’t play , “That too will pass”.
“So time is our ally at the moment, as I’ve said many times before, especially in the last two seasons at Manchester United where I haven’t had as much playing time as I wanted. , but also because of injuries. But I feel like the last two months, and especially last season, have helped me to turn that into a positive and start again.”
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