5 Signings by Mourinho at Manchester United who are vital for Solskjaer
Mourinho's two and a half year reign at Old Trafford had turned sour at the end. United had started optimistically in his first year, winning the League Cup as well as the Europa League. Last season though, Manchester United failed to win a trophy, as a record breaking Manchester City side rendered their city rivals to a second spot finish.
This season, the warning signs were there as early as the pre-season, where United failed to impress, traveling to US with a depleted squad. Things didn't improve too much as the season progressed and ultimately, the results brought about Mourinho's downfall.
The Portuguese had been lamenting about the club's refusal to invest in the transfer market, but in truth, Jose Mourinho did spend heavily during his time at the club. While some of his signings were questionable, there are quite a few who have made a mark at Old Trafford and are currently a big part of Solskjaer's plans. Today, we take a look at 5 signings by Jose Mourinho who are vital for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right now.
#5 Diogo Dalot
At the start of this season, Mourinho bought 19 year old Dalot from Porto for approximately £19m. The Portuguese teenage was shortlisted to become an understudy to United Skipper Antonio Valencia and was one of the most promising young defenders in Portugal.
Manchester United had lacked a proper right back ever since Rafael departed from the club and both Valencia and current first choice Ashley Young had been converted from wingers to the right back position. As such, young Dalot presented endless possibilities for the club.
He was recovering from an injury when he joined the club, which meant that his first start for United came at the end of September, in that infamous defeat to Derby County in the EFL Cup. The Portuguese did help United take the game to penalties and even converted his spot kick.
Since Solskjaer's arrival, Dalot has made 5 appearances for United, 4 in the Premier League and 1 in the FA Cup. While he had mostly been deployed as the right back, he operated in a left back role against Brighton and set up Rashford to score the winner. He has looked sharp and even though he does lack maturity and experience, he had the qualities that will endear him to his new Manager.
United fans can expect to see a lot more of Dalot from now and until the end of the season, as he remains firmly in Solskjaer's plans.