Erik ten Hag has four right-back options if Diogo Dalot returns to Manchester United injured

December 16, 2022

Dalot’s absence would be a big blow but the United boss does have options on the table if Portugal ace is sidelined for a period of time.

Diogo Dalot was dealt a double World Cup blow on Saturday when he was forced off before full-time as Portugal were upset by Morocco in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The prognosis of the setback is not yet known but the defender came off with what looked like a hamstring problem. It’s uncertain whether Dalot will be fit enough to play for United upon the season’s resumption, which begins with a League Cup clash against Burnley on December 21.

If he is indeed sidelined then Erik ten Hag is presented with a problem he’s feared since the summer transfer window closed. There is no clear favoured back-up for Dalot and United are expected to dip into the January market to find one.