Diogo Dalot has used his second UTD Podcast stint to reflect on how he has lived up to his promise from his original episode on the popular show, back in 2020.


At that time, before the world was hit by Covid, the defender told co-hosts Sam Homewood and David May that he would not stop fighting to earn a place in the Manchester United first team.


A loan move to AC Milan followed, and he even played against the Reds in the Europa League, but the right-back refused to accept the easy option of leaving Old Trafford.


Instead, the Portugal international has become a key member of Erik ten Hag’s squad and shown an adaptability to play on either side of the back four.


With Helen Evans joining Homewood and May for this latest episode, due to be released at 17:00 GMT on Monday, the chat allowed Dalot to remember how he was feeling when being a guest on the podcast previously.


With much to play for at United and Portugal qualifying for the European Championship finals with a 100 per recent record, there is likely to be renewed drive from the 24-year-old, who became a father for the first time last week.


“I remember I was in a phase of [being] with injuries, with struggling to get minutes and to play and now, looking back to that and seeing the position that I am today, that’s what makes me proud,” Dalot said.


“It’s not the way that I might be playing or what people might say about me, it’s just myself, inside of me. I look back and I see, okay, I didn’t give up. And I remember that I told you that I was going to fight for my position and I was going to fight for that.


“And, sometimes, it’s just the way football is. The easiest way sometimes is to go away to, I don’t like to say give up because football has different paths and different ways. Sometimes, you’re just knocking on a door that’s not going to open. You have to go to another one.

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