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Diogo Dalot creates dream player with nod to Cristiano Ronaldo and Man City star



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Diogo Dalot has created his dream footballer, and it involves many Manchester United connections but has the brain of one of Manchester City’s main players.

Incredibly versatile, Dalot, 24, seems comfortable at right or left back and has had regular shifts in either position to help cover The Reds’ injury crisis as Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been absent for an extended period of time.

Dalot has, in recent weeks, been getting deserved recognition for his impact on Erik ten Hag’s side, as the Portuguese fullback has put in multiple stellar performances so far this season.

In a recent interview with GOAL the 24-year-old has gone from the one receiving the praise to dishing it out, as he was asked to build his dream footballer.

Starting with the player’s right foot, United’s No. 20 chose his compatriot and ex-Red Cristiano Ronaldo as it is well-known that the pair think highly of one another, and that the Al-Nassr forward was crucial in the young defender’s development.

Ronaldo might not be best pleased to hear who he chose for the player’s left foot as it is his main rival in the GOAT debate, Lionel Messi.

The second link to Old Trafford for this imaginary footballer is their speed, where Dalot chose Kylian Mbappé. The French superstar is leaving PSG this summer for Real Madrid, and the Parisian giants are reported to have rekindled their interest in Marcus Rashford to potentially replace their talisman.

For strength, he chose Adama Traoré who assisted Alex Iwobi’s winner for Fulham against United on Saturday and for skills, the only option for Dalot was the dazzling feet of Neymar Jr.

The brain chosen to operate this fantastical footballing Frankenstein is from Kevin De Bruyne as the Belgian regularly leaves defenders dumbfounded when he orchestrates City’s midfield.

Dalot and De Bruyne have fought each other multiple times in Manchester Derbies, and the footballing IQ for the midfielder is up there with some of the best.

Diogo Dalot’s dream player would certainly be a world-beater, and if they were real, they could transform this United side into one of Europe’s elites again, which is what Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS are hoping to do.