Manchester United v AC Milan: Match in pictures
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has warned Aaron Wan-Bissaka that Diogo Dalot will challenge him for his spot next season. Dalot is currently on loan at AC Milan and played against his parent club in the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie on Thursday. Dalot played at left-back for the visitors but has played the majority of his football on the opposite side of defence.
Dalot played just 11 matches in all competitions for United last season so joined Milan in search of regular first-team football.
The Serie A side grabbed a late equaliser at Old Trafford, with Dean Henderson unable to keep out Simon Kjaer’s stoppage-time header.
Scholes was impressed with Dalot, both on the pitch and in his post-match interview.
The former midfielder claims the 21-year-old is better going forward than Wan-Bissaka and expects him to challenge for the right-back spot next season.
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“He does seem a really good lad, speaks well,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“He’s done the right thing to get games at a big club. That will do him the world of good.
“He played in an unfamiliar position tonight, on that left side, but even his crossing with his left foot was brilliant. I thought defensively he did everything he had to do.
“Where does he stand now? I think he’ll come back at the end of the season.
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“Pre-season will be big for him. It’s time for him to really perform in those pre-season games. Put a bit of pressure on Wan-Bissaka.
“He’s different to Wan-Bissaka. We know what a great defender Wan-Bissaka is.
“I think he’s got more quality going forward. It’s just a decision for the manager and what he wants.”
Speaking after the match, Dalot explained how it felt to play against his parent club.
“It was a mixed feeling to be honest with you,” he said.
“When I first walked the pitch before the game I’m used to being on this side. It’s a mixed feeling.
“I miss this place as well. I have great memories here with this club but today I was fighting on the other side for this badge.”
However, he is just delighted to be playing first-team football.
“Yes this is who I am. I want to be improving everyday, I think I have a lot to improve,” Dalot added.
“This is something that needs game time. This season I am having what I need and it’s fantastic.”
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