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How Will Mourinho Tweak His Formation To Include Fred And Diogo Dalot Next Season

Subair Adams



Manchester United manager José Mourinho will surely have a slight headache while making his starting lineup next season due to the addition he made to his team.

The Portuguese manager completed the signing of two young players – Fred and Diogo Dalot from Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto respectively last month. He is expected to feature these players regularly in the coming season due to the huge price he paid on their signature.

With Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia becoming too old to withstand the physical-demanding nature of wing-backs, José Mourinho seems to have no other options but to deploy his two recruits in the position played by his trusted and experienced players during the previous campaign.

Let quickly predict how Mourinho will integrate Fred and Diogo Dalot in his tactical approach to games during the 2018-19 season.

Diogo Dalot

The youngster could be made to sit on the bench for the main time while learning his craft from Antonio Valencia at the right-back position of the pitch.

However, the 19-year-old might be given the opportunity to play ahead of Valencia after some games. His performance would determine if he is mature and ripe enough to make the right-back position his own.

The youngster could also be deployed as a left-back or left wing-back by Jose Mourinho, considering his pace and tactical awareness.


The €52.5m-rated midfielder will definitely be a regular starter in Mourinho’s team, as long as he maintains consistent performances.

He would be given a role at the middle of the pitch where he would partner with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in a 3-man midfielder setup.

He could feature a defensive midfielder alongside Matic. He can also operate as a playmaker while Paul Pogba shifts back to provide a covering for the defenders, according to Mourinho’s tactical approach to games.

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