Gary Neville questions why Man United didn’t start 20-year-old

Man United legend Gary Neville was bemused by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's omission of Diogo Dalot on Tuesday night

Gary Neville
Gary Neville (Photo: Sky Sports)

Gary Neville has expressed his surprise that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t start Diogo Dalot in Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils boss opted to use Victor Lindelof at right-back for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final after a 1-0 defeat by FC Barcelona at Old Trafford last week.

Manchester United slumped to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by FC Barcelona to end their participation in the competitions following goals from Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi.

Solskjaer brought on Dalot in the 65th minute for France international Anthony Martial as the Manchester United manager looked to consolidate and prevent an embarrassing scoreline.

Former Manchester United defender Neville was surprised that Solskjaer didn’t name Dalot in his starting line up at right-back given his performances this season.

“I am surprised by the back four,” Neville told beIN SPORTS, as quoted by Metro.

“I thought Dalot would play at right-back because he’s more mobile. But it looks like he’s gone with either Jones or Lindelof. We’re hearing it’s Lindelof at right-back.

“I haven’t seen too much of him there but I know he’s played there before.

“I always think when you play here you need mobility in wide areas to be able to get out and in again because they test you with your positions. It’s a real challenge for him to play there.

“I wouldn’t really want to be him!”

Manchester United signed Dalot in a £17m deal from FC Porto in last summer’s transfer window despite his limited inexperience in top-flight football.

The full-back has made two assists in 13 appearances in the Premier League in the current campaign.

The 20-year-old has also featured in a further four Champions League games this term.

Dalot will be hoping to reclaim a starting spot in Solskjaer’s team when Manchester United make the trip to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

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