Michael Carrick: It is the right time for me to leave Manchester United
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AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho’s chances of raiding his former side Manchester United for right-back Diogo Dalot have been described as “impossible”. The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss brought the Portuguese right-back to United for £19million, during his reign at Old Trafford.
Mourinho described the 22-year-old as the “Best young full-back in Europe” upon his arrival on the red half of Manchester from Porto.
But, he fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m, before sending Dalot on loan to AC Milan.
Despite his impressive performances for Stefano Pioli’s side, Dalot could not carve a path into the United first team, and only played 89 minutes of Premier League football under Solskjaer this season.
However, he appears to have edged ahead of Wan-Bissaka in the defensive pecking order, as Ralf Rangnick deployed him for the full 90 minutes in his first match in charge of the club, against Crystal Palace.
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And according to Italian outlet Il Tempo, Dalot’s apparent new lease of life since Solsjaer’s sacking, has rendered Roma’s chances of signing him as “impossible”.
Reports from Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Mourinho told Roma technical director Tiago Pinto that he wanted the club to make a move for Dalot.
Amidst Dalot’s recent frustration, the Portuguese star also appeared to be an affordable signing, due to his contract only having around eighteen months left to run.
Yet his empowering, not just under Rangnick, but also previous caretaker manager Michael Carrick seems to have changed the landscape entirely.
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Il Tempo also elaborated to say the deal was not only “difficult” but also gravitating towards improbable.
They also believed a return to Serie A for Dalot on loan would also be “impossible” to get over the line, due to his impressive performances recently.
Dalot also played in the entirety of United’s 3-2 home victory against Arsenal, which was Carrick’s final match in temporary charge of the Reds.
His proceeding performance against Palace was also extremely impressive, with the defender’s pace, aggressiveness, and attacking guile making him a seemingly perfect fit for Rangnick’s ‘Gegenpressing’ philosophy.
Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka will have to work very hard to get himself back into starting contention.
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However, the Englishman has been afforded a beacon of hope, as Rangnick confirmed he will play against Young Boys in the Champions League.
“A few of the experienced ones who didn’t get that much game time in the past. Aaron [Wan-Bissaka], hopefully even Luke [Shaw] will be available for the game,” Rangnick said to ManUtd.com.
Meanwhile, Mourinho’s Roma side suffered another huge Serie A defeat against Inter Milan.
Simone Inzaghi’s side swept the Giallorossi aside with a first half blitz which saw Hakan Calhanoglu open the scoring with a bizarre effort directly from a corner, before goals from Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries finished off the contest.
Roma are now languishing in seventh position in Serie A, and are currently nine points away from the Champions League places.
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