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Mourinho Backs United Starlet To Emulate Gary Neville And Become First Choice Right Back For “Next 10 Years”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is backing Diogo Dalot to be the club’s right back for the next decade.

The Portuguese Under 21 international started his first game in over two and a half months against Arsenal last night, and Mourinho compared him to United legend Gary Neville:

“[Dalot] come with a surgery and then when he was coming back he went to the national team and he played two matches in three days, had a problem again but I think Manchester United has a right-back for the next 10 years.”

“The kid Diogo, fantastic. Gary Neville must be thinking now Manchester United has a right-back for 10 years, a very good right-back for 10 years.”

Dalot was signed from Porto for £19million in June but needed surgery on his knee before the start of the season.

The 19-year-old then suffered another setback while on international duty in September and did not play again until he came on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against Southampton last weekend.

Dalot played the full 90 minutes as a wingback in the stalemate versus the Gunners yesterday, with United struggling for available fullbacks.

Ashley Young was suspended for the match and Antonio Valencia could only make the bench after recovering from injury. Matteo Darmian returned after his own fitness issues to play on the left wing with Luke Shaw also out of contention.