Manchester United’s January transfer plans may now just have changed following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick – particularly when the right-back area is concerned.
Last summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen on bringing in some additional competition for £50million man Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has had an easy ride given the lack of direct competition at the club.
Diogo Dalot spent last season out on loan in Serie A with AC Milan, where he caught the eye as Stefano Pioli’s team qualified for the Champions League once again.
Since he was signed from Porto in 2018, Dalot hasn’t really ever had a prolonged run of games in the side besides the 2018/19 season, when he made 16 Premier League appearances.
Yet Solskjaer is not a huge admirer of Dalot, who failed to fully win him over during their time together at Old Trafford.
However, the feeling around United was that Dalot deserved to stay and provide competition for Wan-Bissaka this season following his encouraging spell in Italy.
That didn’t stop United from trying to sign Kieran Trippier though but an agreement proved difficult with Atletico Madrid.
Now Trippier is back in the shop window as he approaches the final 18 months of his deal but so far, there is little evidence to suggest Rangnick will be pushing hard for movement in that department.
He decided to keep Dalot in the side for his first game in charge against Crystal Palace after the Portuguese impressed in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Wan-Bissaka was back in the team last night against Young Boys but did appear to injure himself after crashing into the advertising boards in stoppage time.
Should he be unable to feature at Norwich, Dalot will be on hand to make his return to the starting XI in East Anglia.
Once again, it’s a chance for the former Jose Mourinho signing to stake his claim that he deserves to stay and Rangnick appears open-minded to it.
Mourinho would be keen on taking Dalot away from United in January as part of his Roma but as things stand, United will see no reason to weaken the squad.
Solskjaer, however, was never fully sold on the 22-year-old and was keen to seek an upgrade in the transfer market.
Rangnick’s willingness to hand several youngsters some previous minutes in the Champions League last night shows he is willing to move away from Solskjaer’s stagnant methods.
The Norwegian was always reluctant to move away from his tried-and-trusted set-up, meaning players like Dalot were rarely given a chance.
That was frustrating for the players on the fringes of the starting XI, who never really got to enjoy a run of games in the side.
Now Rangnick has offered a clean slate to everyone and there is little to suggest United will entertain offers for Dalot in the January transfer window – something that was never guaranteed under the previous regime.