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Dalot driven by Ronaldo ambition and Mourinho's presence at Man Utd

10:08 GMT 29/11/2018
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The highly-rated defender is hoping to follow in some illustrious footsteps after becoming the latest Portuguese addition at Old Trafford

Diogo Dalot is looking to make a similar impact at Manchester United to that previously enjoyed by countryman Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 19-year-old defender completed a £19 million ($24m) switch to Old Trafford over the summer.

He is following in some illustrious footsteps, with United having benefited considerably from the presence of Portuguese figures down the years.

Jose Mourinho is currently at the helm, while Ronaldo landed the first of his five Ballons d’Or during his time in England.

Dalot admits to being inspired by a former United favourite, telling MUTV of his own ambition: “Cristiano, I don't need to describe him because you already know him.

“For me, since I remember, he was the inspiration to play football and of course, if you asked me if the fact he played here was also an influence to come, then of course I say yes.

“The way he played here, the way he developed, was unbelievable. I want to make that step too, to improve and play for many, many years here.

“He is an inspiration for everyone, for every player, for every young player.

“To have a player like that in the world, we just have to enjoy it for as long as he stays with us, playing and giving us the opportunity to enjoy his football.

“It was a proud few years for Manchester to have him here and, hopefully, one day the United fans will say it was good for them to have Dalot here.”

While seeking to emulate Ronaldo’s achievements in Manchester, Dalot admits it was the presence of Mourinho in the United dugout that convinced him to make a move from Porto.

He added: “Jose was a big influence on me coming here.

“He was very important. His history speaks for itself, the way he is coaching and the way that he has made football change.

“It is the fact that is he is Portuguese too.

“The relationship that he has with the players is very good, and it was quite impressive to me.

“He pushed me to come here and the way that he believed in me was very good. That is why I am here. He is a big reason why I came.”

Dalot was nursing a knock when linking up with United and has been eased into life in new surroundings, taking in just two outings, in the Champions League and Carabao Cup, so far.