Manchester United supporters can be excused for wanting a break from football after a gruelling season which saw their side fall short at the final hurdle.
Defeat in the Europa League final six days ago has left a sour taste in the mouths of fans after an intense campaign which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guide his side to a second-place finish in the Premier League, but ultimately miss out on silverware.
Mason Greenwood’s withdrawal from the England squad ahead of the European Championship on Tuesday was another reminder of the toll the packed fixture schedule has taken on players, with a number of Solskjaer’s stars still set to be involved for their countries later this month.
The latest fitness concerns serve as a reminder to United of the size of the task on their hands this summer as they look to balance squad depth with squad overhaul, while knowing any new arrivals must be off-set by the departure of unwanted fringe options.
One such figure who could be key to that is Diogo Dalot, the reserve full-back who was steady in his season-long loan spell at AC Milan.
The Portuguese defender made 33 appearances in total as Milan secured a return to the Champions League ahead of next season.
Although he primarily plays on the right, Dalot made 12 of his appearances at left-back this season, the same position in which he started his senior career with Porto. The versatility box is ticked for Dalot.
Yet for every tick next to his name there is also a question mark – ultimately there is a reason why he is out on loan when United have still needed cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
He was in action on Monday night as Portugal triumphed over Italy in the quarter-finals of the Under-21 European Championship, despite being 22 Dalot is still eligible to play because of the age he was when the qualifying campaign begun.
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Although he might be one of the most experienced players in the squad he often showed signs of schoolboy defending as Italy were allowed back into the match due to his mistakes.
Portugal led 3-1 with half an hour left to play in the quarter-final encounter when Davide Frattesi drilled a low cross into the box. Dalot stood like a statue at the back-post as Gianluca Scamacca tapped the ball home from six yards out, completely free after a darting run at goal.
Three minutes from time Franciso Conceicao drove at Dalot down the left wing, leaving the defender on the ground before his low cross was turned in at the near-post.
Portugal were saved any further blushes as they triumphed 5-3 in extra-time, with a red card for Matteo Lovato undoing much of Italy’s hard work before goals from Joao Filipe and Francisco Conceicao secured victory for Dalot’s side.
In two games’ time the United loanee could well be celebrating European domination as the U21 team looks to emulate the achievements of the senior side five years ago, but his level will have to improve if anyone is to be convinced his future lies at Old Trafford.