David May: Manchester United attackers need time to adapt to Diogo Dalot

Former Manchester United defender David May believes the Red Devils attackers need more time to get used to Diogo Dalot’s deliveries from the right side of the backline. The Portuguese footballer made his maiden league start for the Red Devils earlier this month and he has since impressed against Fulham, where he was a regular threat with crosses into the box.

Speaking to MUTV, May highlighted that the sight of Dalot is refreshing for the United team, who have been adjusting with makeshift right-backs in the form of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in recent seasons. He added that the United attack front may need additional time to get the knowledge over the Portuguese’s style of play.

He said:“What he does do is that he is not afraid to put the ball into certain areas and he is quick as well. He delivers as well and eventually Lukaku will understand his delivery. I remember Becks [David Beckham] putting in the ball whenever he could and eventually the forwards know that it’s going to come rather than waiting. With [Antonio] Valencia on the right-hand side, you don’t know whether you should go near or far post or whether it’s coming in. Eventually they will get an understanding and when he is on the flank, the forwards will start making those runs inside the box.”

Despite the plaudits, Dalot has yet to make himself a regular under Jose Mourinho and his performances during the forthcoming matches may decide whether he can establish himself as the first-choice right-back. Ashley Young has been serving on the left side of the defence with Luke Shaw on the sidelines, but the return of the latter may witness Dalot dropping to the bench. United are scheduled to face Valencia on the road during the midweek Champions League clash and the game may include a number of changes with the club already through to the knockout phase of the competition.