Given Jose Mourinho’s broad distrust of young players and intense demands for defensive discipline, Manchester United’s £19m capture of 19-year-old Diego Dalot from Porto is something of a surprise.
It has been clear for quite some time that Antonio Valencia needs upgrading with a younger man but turning to his compatriot, who is hardly a household name in this country, is likely to have surprised the fanbase among whom he is not the most popular.
Nevertheless, United have a proud history of developing young players and the chronic need for defensive reinvigoration at the club means that the arrival of the teenager could well be a pleasant surprise.
That’s why we put the question to the Red Devils fans whether they believe that Dalot will be a successful signing at Old Trafford and the response was overwhelming.
As you can see below, a huge 89 per cent of the responses expect Dalot to go down a treat in the coming season…