Introduction: Manchester United manager Eric ten Haag has spoken out on the severity of Diogo Dalot’s injury. The Portuguese defender was forced off the pitch in the 35th minute of the League Cup quarter-final against Charlton Athletic. Aaron van Bissaka replaced him, leaving fans to question the availability of Dalot for the upcoming Manchester derby. Ten Hag also discussed Donny van de Beek’s injury, who was substituted shortly before half-time against Bournemouth. Ten Hag said that both injuries were precautionary and that they would have to wait and see how they develop in the next few hours. The use of the word “precautionary” gives hope for Dalot’s participation in the match against Manchester City. Van Bissaka’s good performance against City and his superb ball-picking ability could make him the perfect substitute.
Eric ten Haag said how serious Diogo Dalot’s injury will be.
Dalot was forced off before half-time against Charlton Athletic in the League Cup quarter-final last night.
Aaron van Bissaka replaced the Portuguese defender in the 35th minute, who went straight into the tunnel.
Dalot has been a key figure in Ten Haga’s reign as Manchester United manager, playing 23 times in all competitions this season.
With the Manchester derby approaching, there have been concerns over Dalot’s availability this weekend.
Ten Haga was asked about his full-back and To Donny van de Beek injury.
The Dutch midfielder was substituted shortly before half-time against Bournemouth after Marcos Sensei challenged him.
Since then, he has not featured in any of Everton’s or Charlton’s playing teams.
Ten Hag told the press:
“[For] both, I can’t say that much.
“We saw Diogo go out, but it was a precaution. We have to see how it develops in the next hours and make a clear decision.”
The keyword “precautions” gives a sign of hope for Dalot’s participation in the match against Manchester City.
With Aaron van Bissaka’s good performance against Pep Guardiola’s side and his excellent ability to pick the ball, it might not be the worst place for the south Londoner to be a substitute.