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Jose Mourinho was soon able to let go of Manchester United's first team star – Richard Fay

Come to think of it it's safe to say Manchester United are under whelmed with their approach in the summer transfer window.

Despite some encouraging initial efforts Jose Mourinho was unable to follow up with players after the World Cup in Russia.

The big tournament clearly has a detrimental effect on the way United approach the window, but after the Premier League club voted in favor of keeping the transfer deadline early next year, the club must learn from their hesitant approach in the future.

However, Mourinho's warm transfer business could soon be upgraded retrospectively when Diogo Dalot finally regained fitness.

Dalot still remains somewhat confusing among supporters, and no one is clear enough how well the right-back can be under the guidance of compatriot Mourinho.

The 19-year-old is still new to the world of professional football and only made two senior appearances for United this season, but promises are still there.

Before the final injury setback – suffered during the last international break – Dalot showed a glimmer of hope in two encouraging performances against Young Boys and Derby.

It's easy to get carried away after the young player played well against the second opposition, but he has proven his value against top teams with clean sheets at Anfield in the Champions League at the beginning of the year.

Dalot is expected to return from a brief injury, and hinted at social media at the beginning of the month that he was "almost back" because he did not cut for one of United's 11 league matches so far this season.

And the return to the squad cannot come at a better time for Mourinho.

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Having a natural right back will not only add balance to the way in which United attack, but will allow greater flexibility on the right wing.

Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are arguably the two best choices for such roles, and by having deft defensive players bombard behind them, they will have less extensive defensive duties to rely on.

Dalot's ability to overlap will also create space in the middle and in turn can help the entire path where United build their attacks.

Not only Dalot is the only recognized right-back at the club, but he also represents a key figure in Mourinho's struggle for future transfer support.

The former Porto defender is still an extraordinary talent but after his arrival for the reported £ 19.3 million transfer fee, he has the power to prove what is part of a smart recruitment.

Dalot not only helped save United's season in the short term, but his direct impact on the first team could give Mourinho the opportunity to show why he deserves more financial support ahead of January.

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