Why Diogo Dalot Fits into Ralf Rangnick’s System Perfectly

Why Diogo Dalot  fits into Rangnick’s system perfectly after a promising start under the German. Against Crystal Palalce, Dalot impressed at right back and produced a positive performance. Many fans argued his limitation is defensively he is not solid, however he gave Wilfred Zaha a hard time and Zaha found it very difficult to find any joy down that flank.

Why Diogo Dalot Fits into Ralf Rangnick’s System Perfectly

Attacking Full Back

In the modern game, full backs have been given a responsibility to attack and be aggressive. One example is Trent Alexander-Arnold  and Andy Robertson at Liverpool. Most of Liverpool’s attacks begin with their full backs pushing the team forward and exerting pressure onto the opposition by whipping balls into dangerous areas. Central Midfielders cover the space in behind left by the full back. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are deployed with this task at Liverpool. Given the influence Rangnick has had on Jurgen Klopp, it is fair to say we may see something similar at Manchester United. In his first game against Place, we could already see he had exerted his philosophy onto the team as the team came flying out the blocks in the first half an hour. Dalot is a fine technical footballer and likes the ball to feet.  His loan spell at AC Milan last season will have only improved and developed this further.

System Favours Dalot

The 4-2-2-2 system allowed Dalot to get forward as much as he could and Scott Mctominay provided cover for him defensively. United’s defensive line was much higher than usual, and they dominated possession. This suits Dalot perfectly as it means he will receive a lot of the ball and get opportunities to create chances while the central midfielders cover for him defensively. This system gets the best out of his game and protects his weaknesses. In terms of United’s fixture list, this is looking extremely favourable for them and these are games in which they are most likely to have a lot of the ball, which suits Dalot.

Wan Bissaka’s Poor Form

The poor form as Aaron Wan Bissaka will also work in Dalot’s favour and it appears to be that in this system and the styke of football Rangnick will play, Dalot is the better fit. Wan Bissaka is a super one-on-one defender and one of his strongest strengths is tackling. Under Solskjaer, Wan Bissaka was the better fit as United were more of a counter-attacking team where they did not dominate possession. This suited Wan Bissaka’s strengths as he is not good technically on the ball. It remains to be seen who Rangnick prefers but it does seem Dalot will flourish under him.

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