Potentially, but I still think Jose likes having Valencia at right back for his experience. I would love to see Dalot get a long run just to see what the kid can do but think he’ll have to play second fiddle for a bit.
My guess is next season expect him to rotate with Valencia in the first half of the season if he plays well consistently he'll probably take over but still think Mourinho will go to Valencia for the big games especially away from home where we are likely to be more defensively setup.
Said many times that Valencia needs to be phased out, didn't even travel for last night because they knew his knee couldn't handle a plastic pitch, has trouble training regularly, came back this summer in not good condition. If Dalot isn't ready (he probably isn't for Prem football), i'd prefer Young to Valencia as he seems to have the legs left for it. Think we saw the benefit last night of having 2 energetic full backs who can get up and down and provide width. Valencia was on his heels for the 2nd half of last season, which led to many passes going out of play when he used to be there ready for it or bursting on to it.
The worst thing Van Gaal did was sell Rafael and replace him with Darmian, we'd have a RB at his peak and a youngster, instead we've got a RB at the end of his career and one who's barely made 10 first team appearances, if he has even.
I signed him back on football manager. Was one of my favourite players when we had him. Fabio never grew on me but Rafa was a fiesty kid. Excellent going forward and the game where Fergie put the twins down the wing with I think O’Shea and Fletcher in CM against Arsenal was just fantastic! That was when Wenger was like ‘feck it I’ll never beat this guy again’
Moyes ruined him totally broke his confidence like many others and if I recall the injuries that always dogged him started to emerge again.
We got 1 really good year out of him where he stayed fit and he was brilliant in that final Fergie season but he was one of many who didn't handle the change well and Utd sold loads of players on the cheap in an attempt to rebuild the squad which was necessary but was managed terribly by Woodward. RVP, Evra, Rafael, Evans, Nani, Hernandez all sold for less than £10m each and Kagawa/Welbeck sold for about £15m each. Vidic, Rio, Fletcher, Cleverley all gone for nothing. These are guys who won titles clubs who know what they're doing in the market would have got double what Utd got for these players but I don't really regret selling any of them just wish we'd signed better players than we did to replace them.
To be fair to Darmian at this point I'd have him and Dalot rotating at right back I think given a run of games he'd get his confidence back as he looks a totally different player in an Italy shirt. The Valencia/Young full back project needs to be scrapped we got a couple of decent years out of it but it really is time to move on from it.
I think at this stage if he's physically fit enough it's time for him to go into the first team there really is nothing to lose Valencia is providing us nothing going forward maybe gives a bit more defensively but really it's time to put the kid in and see how he does.
Yeah he would bud. But he's young and he'll learn. And quite honestly I'm so fed up of watching Valencia give us nothing in attack. Like you would not think that guy was an attacking winger at one point. His crossing is atrocious. Hits the first man every single time.
Yes Dalot will make mistakes but I'd put some faith in him at home and away for the non big 6 games maybe if we need to be cautious play Valencia in the games vs the big 6 and important CL games but really at this point with no title to fight for we might as well blood him properly ready for next season.
Yeah I would be all up for giving him more and more chances. I don’t think it will happen though, Jose likes Valencia and he has been our captain after all. I think Dalot will get the odd game here and there but I still expect Valencia to chalk up more appearances than Dalot come the end of the season.
I like Dalot. Have we finally found a right back that can cross a ball into the box?
Valencia has been a good servant, but time and again he gets down the wing only to stop and come back again. Either that or he smashes the ball into the defenders shins hoping for the best.
As good as Young and Valencia have been, it is criminal that we are still using Fergies old wingers as full backs.
Shaw on the left, Dalot on the right and let Dalot adjust to the premier league and play into some form, no good playing once every 3 to 4 weeks.