Jose Mourinho’s Prophetic Comment on Diogo Dalot Resurface Amid the Defender’s Surge in Form

Jose Mourinho’s Prophetic Comment on Diogo Dalot Resurface Amid the Defender’s Surge in Form

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Jose Mourinho's prophecy about Diogo Dalot's emergence as a reliable right-back for Manchester United is starting to come true
  • Dalot has been one of United's standout performers this season and remains an influential player for Erik ten Hag
  • Dalot was signed by Jose Mourinho in 2018 but struggled to get minutes before going on loan to AC Milan

Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot has been one of the club's most consistent performers this season.

The Portuguese defender has earned plaudits from fans for his performances and the significant improvement he has shown since last season. A video of former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho predicting good things for Diogo Dalot has emerged.

Jose Mourinho, Diogo Dalot, Manchester United, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Premier League, Europa League
Jose Mourinho signed Diogo Dalot for Manchester United in 2018. Photo by Tom Purslow.
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Dalot has been ever-present for the Red Devils this season, starting all of the team's 17 matches this season. He has scored once and provided two assists, but the stat sheet won't show how influential he's become for Erik ten Hag.

United signed Dalot in 2018 and was expected to fill the right-back position for the long term. However, the club acquired Aaron Wan Bissaka in 2019, which forced the Portuguese to go on loan at AC Milan, according to Man Utd.

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Mourinho's prophecy about Dalot

While Mourinho was still at Old Trafford, he predicted that Dalot would be United's right back for the next decade, and so far, things are falling into place, according to MEN. He was full of praise for the young defender.

"He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality.

In a video doing rounds on social media, Mourinho made a prophecy that Dalot is a fantastic right-back.

"The kid Diogo fantastic. I think Gary Neville must be thinking now that Manchester United has a right-back for 10 years. A very good right-back for 10 years."

According to MEN, Dalot expressed his deep gratitude to the AS Roma boss.

"I will never forget what he did for me because not a lot of managers would still sign a player that has a big injury, but he believed in me. He will probably always be in my heart for the small and big things that he did for me."

Dalot was only 19 years when he joined United and is now considered one of the most promising right-backs in European football.

Dalot scores first goal

Sports Brief earlier reported on Diogo Dalot scoring his first goal of the season as United beat Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol 3-0 in the Europa League.

Dalot scored just before halftime before Rashford, and Cristiano Ronaldo added two more.

The goal was Dalot's second for Manchester United in 82 matches.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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